Prospect Park: Ryan Gropp Returns To Set Up Overtime Winner

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Ryan Gropp (2015 second)

Ryan Gropp (Brian Liesse/Seattle Thunderbirds)

It was a crazy night of hockey with a couple of upset losses but the best news was Ryan Gropp returning to set uo an overtime game winner to help his Seattle Thunderbirds win. The playoffs have been up and down for some of the prospects but seeing Gropp back in action after his possible concussion was a blessing.

Ryan Gropp (Brian Liesse/Seattle Thunderbirds)

returned to the Seattle Thunderbird lineup after missing four games with what was reportedly a concussion as his Thunderbirds defeated the Everett Silvertips 5-4 in the first overtime. The win gives the Thunderbirds a commanding 3-0 lead as the Thunderbirds won their seventh straight playoff game.

Seattle jumped out to a 3-0 lead with Gropp not playing with his regular linemates. Everett would respond with four unanswered goales, all in the second period to grab a 4-3 lead. In the third, Seattle would score the tying goal which led to overtime.

In the overtime, Gropp would be reunited with his regular linemates and it did not take long to pay dividends. Gropp would find himself with the puck at the point and he fired the puck on goal producing a long rebound which Mathew Barzal converted for the game winning goal at 1:30 of the first overtime.

Seattle goes for the sweep on Friday night in Seattle. For Gropp, the assist was his third of the playoffs and overall his fourth point in just three games.

Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 third) and his Regina Pats find themselves facing possible elimination after losing game four to the Swift Current Broncos in triple overtime 5-4. The Broncos lead the series 3-1 with all their wins coming in overtime.

Zborovskiy was scoreless and a -2 as the Pats have been hurt by losing three of their top players to injuries as well as possibly the mumps. The team with the best record during the regular season could be eliminated on Friday in game five at home.

Gabriel Fontaine (2016 sixth) saw his five game point scoring streak come to an end but his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defeated the Chicoutimi Saguenéens 3-1 in game three. The Huskies now lead the series 2-1 with game four set for Wednesday in Chicoutimi.

Fontaine was scoreless for just the third time out of the nine playoff games that he has played in this year. Fontaine may have been scoreless on two shots and a -1 but he was also 11-13 on faceoffs and had one hit.

Fontaine remains the leading scorer among the Ranger prospects with a 5-4-9.

Tim Gettinger (2016 fifth) and his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds find themselves tied at 2-2 with the Owen Sound Attack after dropping game four 4-2. This series has seen all the games won by the home team and it is almost a given that this series will go seven games.

It is no surprise that this series has been so close as both teams were two of the OHL’s best during the second half of the regular season. Tim Gettinger was scoreless and a -1 for the Greyhounds who head home for game five on Friday.

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