T-Birds Fall In OT To Winterhawks In Preseason Opener

Hickman, Swenson and Troock Score in 4-3 overtime loss to Winterhawks

EVERETT, August 31, 2012 — The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-3 in overtime Friday night at Comcast Arena in Everett in the T-Birds first preseason game of the year.

This was the T-Birds first game at the Everett Silvertips preseason tournament. They will take on the Spokane Chiefs on Sunday at 1pm in their second game at the tournament.

Portland opened the scoring at 2:03 of the first period on a goal from Taylor Peters. Jordan Davies had the only assist on the goal.

The Winterhawks went in front 2-0 at 14:02 of the first on an unassisted goal from Chase De Leo.

Seattle cut the lead to one with a power-play goal at 18:51 of the first. Roberts Lipsbergs took the puck to the net from the right wall. He took got a shot off and Branded Troock banged at the rebound. The puck bounded into the slot where Justin Hickman got and snapped it past Portland goalie Brendan Burke for the goal.

Seattle outshot Portland 11-6 in the first period.

The T-Birds tied the game 2-2 at 3:52 of the second on a power-play goal from Seth Swenson. Brendan Rouse won a faceoff in the neutral zone to Jesse Forsberg. Forsberg sent it right back to Rouse who tapped the puck over to Swenson on the left wing. Swenson came and put a hard wrist shot over Burke’s left shoulder.

Brandon Glover started in net and made 15 saves on 17 shots in half a game of action. Danny Mumaugh replaced Glover in the middle of the second period.

Portland started Brendan Burke and he made 13 saves on 15 shots before being replaced by Cam Lanigan.

The Winterhawks took a 3-2 lead at 15:35 of the second a power-play goal that went off a Portland forwards hand and then a T-Bird stick before finding the back of the net. Josh Hanson was credited the go-ahead goal off assists from Layne Viveiros and Alex Schoenborn.

Portland outshot Seattle 17-8 in the second period and led 23-19 in shots after two periods.

Branden Troock tied the game 3-3 at 14:29 of the third period. Shea Theodore moved the puck up the ice from behind the Seattle net as a Portland power play ended. He fed Troock on the right side who beat the defenseman wide and cut in on Lanigan. Troock went to his backhand and beat Lanigan over the blocker.

Seattle outshot Portland 10-7 in the third period but Portland had a 30-28 advantage in shots after regulation.

Schoenborn scored an unassisted goal at 3:05 of overtime to get the Winterhawks the win.

Portland outshot Seattle 33-29 in the game.

Mumaugh made 14 saves on 16 shots while Lanigan stopped 13 of 14 shots.

After Sunday’s game, the T-Birds will then travel to Kennewick for two games at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center. On Friday, September 7, the T-Birds will face the Tri-City Americans at 7:00pm. On Saturday, September 8, the T-Birds will play the Winterhawks at 3:00pm.

The T-Birds finish out the preseason schedule with a home-and-home series against the Everett Silvertips. The T-Birds host the Silvertips on Friday, September 14, at 7:35pm at ShoWare Center. They are at Comcast Arena in Everett to play the Silvertips at 7:05pm. Single game tickets for the home preseason game will go on sale August 23.

The T-Birds will open the 2012-13 regular season against the Winterhawks at ShoWare Center on Saturday, September 22 at 7:05pm.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2012-13 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.

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


First period – 1, Portland, Peters 1 (Davies), 2:03. 2, Portland, De Leo 1, 14:02. 3, Seattle, Hickman 1 (Troock), 18:51 (pp). Penalties – De Champlain, Por (tripping), 10:54. Lipsbergs, Sea (hooking), 11:21. De Leo, Por (checking from behind), 18:29. Hickman, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:51. Viveiros, Por (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:51.

Second period – 4, Seattle, Swenson 1 (Rouse, Forsberg), 3:52 (pp). 5, Portland, Hanson 1 (Viveiros, Schoenborn), 15:35. Penalties – Baker, Por (checking from behind), 3:24. Wolf, Sea (tripping), 9:58. Holub, Sea (high-sticking), 13:08. Sanvido, Sea (hooking), 14:42. Green, Sea (roughing), 19:13. De Champlain, Por (roughing), 19:13.

Third period – 6, Seattle, Troock 1 (Theodore), 14:29. Penalties – Texeira, Por (hooking), 1:08. Sanvido, Sea (hooking), 7:42. Deagle, Sea (kneeing), 12:25. Davies, Por (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:22. Folk, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:22.

Shots on goal – Seattle 11-7-10-1 29, Portland 6-17-7-3 33. Goalies – Seattle, Glover 17 shots-15 saves, Mumaugh 16-14 (0-0-1-0); Portland, Burke 15-13, Lanigan 16-14 (1-0-0-0). Power plays –Seattle 2-4; Portland 1-5. Referee – Mark Pearce, Jeff Ingram. Linesmen – Zach Brooks, Adam Brastad.

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