Hughes Holds Back Giants

Rik Fedyck

Hamaliuk, Wedman and Volcan score in 3-1 win over Vancouver

LANGLEY, BC, September 28, 2018 — Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Liam Hughes had 31 saves Friday night at the Langley Events Centre to lead the T-Birds to a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants.

Hughes, the first star of the game, had 10 saves in the first and third periods and 11 saves in the second period and is now 2-0-0-0 on the season.

The T-Birds travel to Portland to take on the Winterhawks on Saturday at 6pm. The T-Birds next home game is Saturday, October 6, against the Kelowna Rockets at 6:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center.

Seattle took a 1-0 lead with 1:31 left in the second period on a power-play goal by Dillon Hamaliuk. Simon Kubicek took a slap shot from the high point that came off the end boards to Payton Mount to the right of the goal. Mount took a quick shot that came off Vancouver goalie David Tendeck to Hamaliuk to the left of the net. Hamaliuk put the rebound into the net for his second goal of the season.

Matthew Wedman screens Vancouver goalie David Tendeck on a shot by Andrej Kukuca.

Vancouver outshot Seattle 12-11 in the second period and led 22-20 in shots after two periods.

The Giants tied the game 1-1 on an unassisted goal by James Malm at 8:27 of the third period.

Matthew Wedman broke the 1-1 deadlock at 16:53 of the third period. Mount sprung Wedman and Hamaliuk on a two-on-one break from the Seattle zone. Wedman skated down the left wing and snapped a quick wrist shot over Tendeck’s glove and just under the crossbar for the go-ahead goal. Jake Lee had the second assist.

Mount’s two assists gave him his first multi-point game as a T-Bird.

The Giants pulled Tendeck late in the game for an extra attacker. With 14 seconds left in the game the T-Birds won a faceoff in the left circle and were able to move the puck up ice. Hamaliuk played the puck to Nolan Volcan to send the team captain in all alone and he put the puck into the empty net.

Vancouver outshot Seattle 32-28 in the game.

Tendeck had 25 saves on 27 shots and his record is now 2-1-0-0.

Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

Season Tickets for 2018-19 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.


First period – No scoring. Penalties – Kannok Leipert, Van (high-sticking) 1:15. Harsch, Se (tripping), 9:57. Dmytriw, Van (interference), 15:50. Bench, Sea (served by Hamaliuk), 16:34. Hardy, Van (tripping), 19:42.

Second period – 1, Seattle, Hamaliuk 2 (Mount, Kubicek), 18:29 (pp). Penalties – Kubicek, Sea (slashing), 12:09. Roman, Van (kneeing), 16:38. Bulych, Van (hooking), 18:49.

Third period – 2, Vancouver, Malm 3, 8:27. 3, Seattle, Wedman 2 (Mount, Lee), 16:53. 4, Seattle, Volcan 2 (Hamaliuk) 19:55 (en). Penalties – Lee, Sea (tripping), 5:45. Bulych, Van (holding), 17:50.

Shots on goal – Seattle 9-11-8 28, Vancouver 10-12-10 32. Goalies – Seattle, Hughes 32 shots-31 saves (2-0-0-0); Vancouver, Tendeck  27-25 (2-1-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 1-5; Vancouver 0-4. A – 2,738. Referees – Stephen Campbell, Nick Swaine. Linesmen – Cade Cooke, Adam Harris.

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