WINDSOR, Ont. - The Seattle Thunderbirds are in trouble heading into Tuesday's contest against the Saint John Sea Dogs.
The Thunderbirds fell behind 3-0 less than six minutes into their second game of the 2017 Memorial Cup tournament on Sunday at the WFCU Centre, ultimately losing 7-1 to the host Windsor Spitfires.
The loss drops the WHL champions to 0-2 at this year's tournament and puts them on the brink of elimination. The Thunderbirds must win on Tuesday just to force a tiebreaker scenario on Thursday. A loss Tuesday would move them to 0-3 and end their season.
Seattle goaltender Carl Stankowski was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots - although his defence did not help matters. It's unclear who will get the start on Tuesday with their season on the line.
OHL teams are now 3-0 at this year's tournament following Windsor's wins over Saint John and Seattle along with Erie defeating the Thunderbirds, as well.Seattle coach Steve Konowalchuk won't commit to naming a starting goalie on Tuesday vs. Saint John.— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) May 22, 2017
Saint John will take on the 1-0 Otters on Monday night at 8 p.m.