By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
After being manhandled by Portland two games in a row, Shea Theodore had had enough.
The Seattle defenseman scored twice and added an assist as the Thunderbirds beat the Tri-City Americans 6-1 before a Sunday night crowd of 4,890 at Toyota Center.
“We got the two points, that’s what we came here to do,” said Theodore, whose two goals put him at the top of the franchise list for goals by a defenseman with 45. Deron Quint (1993-95) had 44. “This group of guys wanted to play the right way going into the playoffs and we did that.”
With the win, Seattle (41-25-2-4, 88 points) clinched the No. 4 seed, edging Everett (39-23-7-3, 88 points) by virtue of more wins. The two will face each other in the playoffs, playing an alternating game format because of building availability in Kent and Everett. The series will start Saturday in Kent.
The Americans (29-33-4-6, 68 points), who finished eighth in the Western Conference, open the first round of the playoffs Saturday at Kelowna.
After a 3-0 win over Spokane on Saturday, the Americans failed to perform at the same level against the T-birds.