Giants Topple T-Birds
Volcan and Andrusiak score in 4-2 loss to Vancouver
KENT, November 21, 2018 — The Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 Wednesday night in front of 6,001 fans at accesso ShoWare Center.
The T-Birds next game is Friday at accesso ShoWare Center at 7:35pm against the Calgary Hitmen. They travel to Portland to face the Winterhawks on Saturday at 6:05pm in a game that is being broadcast on JOEtv. JOEtv can be seen on Channel 22/Cable 110.
Lucas Ciona made his T-Birds debut in the game. Ciona was the T-Birds second round pick, 32nd overall, in the 2018 Bantam Draft. This season Ciona is playing for the Northern Alberta X-treme Prep team in the CSSHL. He has six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 16 games. Last season he had 15 goals and 35 assists for 48 points in 30 games with the Northern Alberta Bantam Prep team in the CSSBHL. Ciona signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement with the team on August 24.
Vancouver (15-6-2-0) took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Bowen Byram at 5:01 of the first period. David Koch and Dylan Plouffe had the assists.
The Giants extended the lead to 2-0 at 14:28 of the first on a goal from Plouffe. Lucas Svejkovsky had the only assist.
Vancouver outshot Seattle 13-7 in the first period.
Milos Roman scored a power-play goal at 3:51 of the second period to make it a 3-0 Vancouver lead. Koch and Roman had the assists.
Seattle (8-10-3-0) cut the Vancouver lead to two goals at 14:37 of the second on a shorthanded goal by Nolan Volcan. Volcan got a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated into the Giants zone on the left wing. Volcan took a hard wrist shot from the right circle that beat Vancouver goalie Trent Miner low on the stick side.
The Giants had a 30-17 advantage in shots after two periods by outshooting the T-Birds 17-10 in the second period.
Svejkovsky scored at 14:13 of the third period on an assist from Owen Hardy to make it a 4-1 Vancouver lead.
Zack Andrusiak cut the Giants lead back to two goals when he scored a power-play goal at 17:03 of the third. Owen Williams took a slap shot that came off the end boards and Tyler Carpendale tipped it to Andrusiak in the low left circle. Andrusiak beat Miner with a quick snap shot for his 11th goal of the year.
The T-Birds got a power play just after they scored and pulled goalie Liam Hughes for an extra attacker. They got several good chance but were not able to get the puck past Miner.
Vancouver outshot Seattle 11-8 in the third period and 41-25 in the game.
Hughes had 37 saves on 41 shots and his record is 8-8-3-0.
Miner had 23 saves on 25 shots and his record is 7-1-1-0.
Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.
The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2018-19 season.
First period – 1, Vancouver, Byram 7 (Koch, Plouffe), 5:01 (pp). 2, Vancouver, Plouffe 3 (Svejkovsky), 14:28. Penalties – Davidson, Van (slashing), 3:19. Ettinger, Van (hooking), 6:36. Bulych, Van (unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:43. Huo, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:43.
Second period – 3, Vancouver, Roman 11 (Koch, Byram), 3:54 (pp). 4, Seattle, Volcan 5, 14:37 (sh). Penalties – Kukuca, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 0:00. Hardy, Van (unsportsmanlike conduct), 0:00. Holt, Van (tripping), :21. Wedman, Sea (tripping), 3:26. Bauer, Sea (checking to the head), 10:35. Bulych, Van (10-minute misconduct), 10:35. Bauer, Sea (roughing), 14:17. Koch, Van (high-sticking), 19:40.
Third period – 5, Vancouver, Svejkovsky 2 (Hardy), 14:13. 6, Seattle, Andrusiak 11 (Carpendale, Williams), 17:03 (pp). Penalties – Wedman, Sea (checking from behind), 7:12. Williams, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:02. Van (hooking), Svejkovsky, Van (tripping), 17:30.
Shots on goal – Seattle 7-10-8 25, Vancouver 13-17-11 41. Goalies – Seattle, Hughes 41 shots-37 saves (8-8-3-0); Vancouver, Miner 25-23 (7-1-1-0). Power plays – Seattle 1-5; Vancouver 2-6. A – 6,001. Referees – Troy Paterson, Sean Raphael. Linesmen – Nick Bilko, Josh Long.