T-Birds Defeat Tips 4-3 In Nine Round Shootout
Ward makes 27 saves and stops seven of nine shooters in shootout
KENT, September 11, 2018 — Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Eric Ward stopped Martin Fasko-Rudas in the ninth round of a shootout Tuesday night at accesso ShoWare Center to secure a 4-3 win over the Everett Silvertips in a preseason game.
Payton Mount started the ninth round and scored when he skated in, stopped in the low slot and beat Everett goalie Blake Lyda on the blocker side. It was then up to Ward to win the game and he didn’t fall for the deke by Fasko-Rudas as the puck slid past the right post.
Bryce Kindopp was the first shooter for Everett and he scored. Zack Andrusiak was the T-Birds third shooter and he scored to send the shootout to sudden death.
Matthew Wedman was the fifth T-Birds shooter and he scored and then was matched by Everett’s Luke Ormsby.
Ward made 27 saves on 30 shots and his preseason record is 1-1-0-0.
The T-Birds are 4-2-0-0 in the preseason and wrap up preseason play against the Silvertips at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Saturday, September 15, at 7pm.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead 3:16 into the first period on a power-play goal by Nolan Volcan. Zack Andrusiak carried the puck up center ice and passed it to Andrej Kukuca. Kukuca cross the blue line into the right circle and took a hard wrist shot. The rebound came off Everett goalie Blake Lyda’s right pad to Nolan Volcan coming down the slot. Volcan snapped the puck past Lyda for his second goal of the preseason.
The T-Birds took a 2-0 lead at 12:51 of the first on a power-play goal from Graeme Bryks. Andrusiak had the puck along the right-wing boards and passed it to Simon Kubicek. Kubicek took a slap shot that rebounded off Lyda to Bryks in the slot. Bryks swept the puck past the goalie for his second goal of the preseason.
Everett cut the lead to one goal at 13:44 of the first on a goal by Sean Richards. Luke Ormsby and Dawson Butt had the assists.
The Silvertips tied the game 2-2 at 15:15 of the first on a five-on-three power-play goal by Bryce Kindopp. Richards and Martin Fasko-Rudas had the assists.
Seattle took a 3-2 lead at 7:33 of the second period. Dillon Hamaliuk picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and broke up the left wing on a two-on-one with Samuel Huo. Hamaliuk took the puck low and as he was crossing the goal line centered it to Huo on top of the crease. Huo redirected the puck through Lyda’s legs.
The T-Birds outshot the Silvertips 17-7 in the second period and led 24-21 in shots after two periods.
Everett tied the game 3-3 at 11:46 of the third on Kindopp’s second goal of the game. Conrad Mitchell and Alex Moar had the assists.
The T-Birds outshot Everett 43-30 in the game.
Lyda had 40 saves on 43 shots and his preseason record is 0-1-1-1.
The T-Birds start the 2018-19 Western Hockey League regular season against the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday, September 22 at 6:05pm at the accesso ShoWare Center.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2018-19 regular season 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 – 1, Seattle, Volcan 2 (Kukuca, Andrusiak), 3:16 (pp). 2, Seattle, Bryks 2 (Kubicek, Andrusiak), 12:51 (pp). 3, Everett, Richards 3 (Ormsby, Butt), 13:14. 4, Everett, Kindopp 2 (Richards, Fasko-Rudas), 15:15 (pp). Penalties – I. Walker, Evt (tripping), 2:14. McNelly, Sea (holding), 6:19. I. Walker, Evt (instigator, major-fighting, game misconduct), 8:29. Savey, Sea (major-fighting), 8:29. Mitchell, Evt (tripping), 11:21. McNelly, Sea (high-sticking), 13:27. Wedman, Sea (boarding), 14:34.
Second period – 5, Seattle, Huo 1 (Hamaliuk), 7:33. Penalties – Kaluski, Sea (high-sticking), 12:46.
Third period – 6, Everett, Kindopp 3 (Mitchell, Moar), 11:46. Penalties – Craik, Sea (roughing), 7:08. McNelly, Sea (roughing), 7:08. Butt, Evt (roughing), 7:08. Richards, Evt (roughing), 7:08. Wedman, Sea (holding), 7:17. Vitelli, Evt (tripping), 14:24. Fasko-Rudas, Evt (hooking), 3:33
Overtime – No scoring. Penalties – No penalties.
Shootout – Seattle 3 (Philp NG, Kukuca NG, Andrusiak G, Bryks NG, Wedman G, Volcan NG, Lee NG, Hamaliuk NG, Mount G). Everett 2 (Kindopp G, Richards NG, Berezowski NG, Fairbrother NG, Ormsby G, Goncalves NG, K. Walker NG, Vitelli NG, Fasko-Rudas NG).
Shots on goal – Seattle 7-17-15-4 43, Everett 14-7-9-0 30. Goalies – Seattle, Ward 30 shots-27 saves (1-1-0-0); Everett, Lyda 43-40 (0-1-1-1). Power plays – Seattle 2-5; Everett 1-5. Referees – Jeff Ingram, Kevin Bennett. Linesmen – Adam Brastad, Cameron Wetmore.