Thunderbirds fall to Giants in preseason opener | WHL

  • Friday, September 1, 2017 2:18pm
  • Sports

The Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-1 Friday morning in the first game for both teams at the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic at Xfinity Arena in Everett.

Classic play continues with the T-Birds facing the Everett Silvertips at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Classic ends for the T-Birds on Sunday with a 3 p.m. game against the Spokane Chiefs.

Vancouver took a 1-0 lead 53 seconds into the game on a goal from Brendan Semchuk. Tyler Popowich and Owen Hardy had the assists. The Giants took a 2-0 lead on a four-on-four goal by Brad Morrison at 3:10 of the second period. Ty Ronning had the only assist on the goal.

Todd Scott started for in goal for Vancouver. Midway through the second period Scott was replaced by Trent Miner. Scott made 14 saves.

Vancouver made it a 3-0 lead on a power-play goal by Owen Hardy at 7:45 of the second. Kaleb Bulych and Semchuk had the assists.

Payton Mount got the T-Birds on the board at 18:32 of the third period on an end-to-end rush on the power play. Mount gathered the puck behind his net as he skated away from a defender. Mount went around a defenseman at the Giants blue line and came in alone on Miner. Mount waited out Miner, skated to his right and slid the puck under the goalie at the post.

Cole Schwebius played the whole game for the T-Birds in net. He made 30 saves on 33 shots.

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

Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.


First period – 1, Vancouver, Semchuk 1 (Popowich, Hardy), :53. Penalties –

Lee, Sea (tripping), 1:10. McNelly, Sea (roughing), 4:41. Scott, Van (illegally handling puck-served by Torzsok), 5:07. Bulych, Van (interference), 12:24. Ormsby, Sea (roughing), 14:53.

Second period – 2, Vancouver, Morrison 1 (Ronning), 3:10. 3, Vancouver, Hardy 1 (Bulych, Semchuk), 7:45 (pp). Penalties – McNelly, Sea (elbowing), 2:08. Semchuk, Van (slashing), 2:43. Bench, Sea (too many men-served by Pyne), 5:53. Plummer, Van (tripping), 8:04. McNelly, Sea (charging, roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 13:36. Popowich, Van (10-minute misconduct), 13:36. Kichton, Van (slashing), 17:05.

Third period – 4, Seattle, Mount 1, 18:32 (pp). Penalties – Hardy, Van (hooking), 3:42. Cox, Van (cross checking), 8:28. Torzsok, Van (cross checking), 11:27. Sourdif, Van (hooking), 17:18.

Shots on goal – Seattle 12-4-7 23, Vancouver 13-14-6 33. Goalies – Seattle, Schwebius 33 shots-30 saves (0-1-0-0); Vancouver, Scott 14-14 (1-0), Miner 9-8. Power plays – Seattle 1-9; Vancouver 1-6. Referees – Duncan Brow, Ryan O’Keefe. Linesmen – Cade Cooke, Michael McGowan.

More in Sports

Central Valley turns back Kentridge in girls clash

Hull sisters power Bears’ win over Chargers

Thunderbirds sweep two-game stop at Prince George

Seven players score in 7-4 win over Cougars | VIDEO

Emerald Downs announces 2018 stakes schedule

$200,000 Longacres Mile goes to the post Aug. 12

Thunderbirds chase down Cougars

Neuls has two goals in 5-2 win over Prince George | VIDEO

Kentwood boys wrestling undefeated

The Kentwood Conks won their sixth match of the season against Kentlake… Continue reading

The Thunderbirds’ Dillon Hamaliuk. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse/T-Birds
Winterhawks slip past Thunderbirds, 5-4

Hamaliuk scores twice in loss at Portland | VIDEO

Rockets power past Thunderbirds

Kelowna builds 5-0 lead and cruises to win | VIDEO

Winterhawks snap Thunderbirds’ 5-game winning streak

Moilanen, Harsch score in 3-2 shootout loss | VIDEO

Most Read