Giants climb past T-Birds in preseason opener | WHL

  • Friday, August 31, 2018 5:39pm
  • Sports

The Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 Friday afternoon at the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

Classic play will continue for the T-Birds as they face the Everett Silvertips at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Seattle jumped out to an early 1-0 lead 53 seconds into the first period on Graeme Bryks’ goal. Bryks took a pass from Zack Andrusiak, put a shot on goal, got his own rebound and snapped it past Vancouver goalie Trent Miner. Andrej Kukuca had the second assist.

The Giants tied the game 1-1 on Milos Roman’s power-play goal at 10:17 of the first. Vancouver went in front 2-1 with 36 seconds left in the first on Cyle McNabb’s power-play goal.

McNabb struck a second time just after a power play ended at 9:57 of the second period to put the Giants in front 3-1.

Seattle cut the Giants lead to one goal at 10:41 of the third period. Andrusiak skated the puck into the offensive zone and stopped in the right circle. Andrusiak found Cade McNelly pinching down from the left point with a pass. McNelly beat Vancouver goalie Drew Sim low on the blocker side with a snap shot.

The T-Birds pulled goalie Cole Schwebius for an extra attacker with just over a minute to go in the game. The T-Birds had good pressure in the Giants zone, but Roman was able to find the empty net with four seconds left to get the Giants the win.

Vancouver outshot Seattle 25-24 in the game.

Schwebius played for the entire game for the T-Birds and had 21 saves on 24 shots.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Seattle, Bryks 1 (Andrusiak, Kukuca), :53. 2, Vancouver, Roman 1 (Kannok Leipert), 10:17 (pp). 3, Vancouver, McNabb 1 (Barberis), 19:24 (pp). Penalties – Tyszka, Sea (cross checking), 6:56. McIsaac, Sea (roughing, cross checking), 9:58. Holt, Van (roughing), 9:58. Williams, Sea (tripping), 13:27. MacLean, Sea (tripping), 13:58. Dhaliwal, Van (roughing), 13:58. Kannok Leipert, Van (interference), 14:37. McNelly, Sea (roughing), 17:44.

Second period – 4, Vancouver, McNabb 2 (Sourdif), 9:57. Penalties – Kannok Leipert, Van (slashing), 3:01. Holt, Van (slashing), 6:37. MacLean, Sea (roughing), 7:56.

Third period – 5, Seattle, McNelly 1 (Andrusiak, Kukuca), 10:41. 6, Vancouver, Roman 2 (Holt), 19:56 (en). Penalties – Torzsok, Van (interference), 4:52. MacLean, Sea (roughing), 9:09. Barberis, Van (roughing), 9:09.

Shots on goal – Seattle 4-11-8 24, Vancouver 9-12-5 26. Goalies – Seattle, Schwebius 24 shots-21 saves (0-1-0-0); Vancouver, Miner 13-12 (1-0-0-0), Sim 12-11. Power plays – Seattle 0-5; Vancouver 2-6. Referees – Stephen Campbell, Troy Paterson. Linesmen – Michael Ellis, Cameron Wetmore.

More in Sports

Royal ending: Kent-Meridian’s Tuifua repeats as state champion

Sophomore avenges her only loss; Kentwood’s Sanford, Long come up with silver

Chargers capture district title behind Jenkins, Miller

Kentridge boys earn No. 6 seeds to regionals

The Thunderbirds’ Matthew Wedman controls the puck in front of the Winterhawks’ Reece Newkirk during WHL play. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds
Thunderbirds fall to Winterhawks

Kaluski, Wedman score in 5-2 loss at Portland

Courtesy photo, Stars
Sockers complete home-and-home sweep of Stars | MASL

The San Diego Sockers completed a home-and-home sweep of the Tacoma Stars… Continue reading

Reporter honors Kentwood’s Yang, Canning

Kentwood High School’s Ashley Yang, gymnastics, was selected as the Kent Reporter’s… Continue reading

Thunderbirds goalie Roddy Ross deflects the puck, one of 46 saves he made in the WHL win over the Silvertips at the accesso ShoWare Center on Saturday night. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds
Ross pulls out the stops against Silvertips

T-Birds goalie has 46 saves in 4-1 win over Everett

Chargers’ Woods signs with San Jose State; Banks joins Central Washington | College football

Natano Woods, Kentridge’s record-breaking quarterback, signed a national letter of intent with… Continue reading

Stars come up short in San Diego; Donovan makes MASL debut

A crowd of 8,492 fans packed Pachanga Arena in San Diego on… Continue reading

Junior guard Alphonse Oywak goes up for a basket during the second half of the loser out game Wednesday. Photo by Sarah Brenden
Conks season ends with district loss

With a break in the winter weather Wednesday, the Kentwood Conquerors and… Continue reading

Most Read