Thunderbirds tumble to Giants in overtime

Tendeck makes 49 saves for Vancouver

  • Friday, February 9, 2018 11:34pm
  • Sports

For the Reporter

Goalie David Tendeck made 49 saves to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 2-1 overtime win over the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Langley Events Centre in British Columbia on Friday night.

The T-Birds play the Portland Winterhawks in back-to-back games this weekend. The two teams are at the accesso ShoWare Center for a 6:05 p.m. game Saturday. The rivals move to Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday for a 5 p.m. puck drop. Both games will be televised on JOEtv on Channel 22/Cable 110 in Seattle. Ian Furness and Andy Johnson will have the call of both games.

On Friday, Vancouver (29-17-5-3) took a 1-0 lead at 6:13 of the second period on a goal from Ty Ronning. Davis Koch and Brayden Watts had the assists.

The T-Birds outshot the Giants 19-4 in the second period and led 34-15 in shots after two periods.

Seattle (27-18-6-2) tied the game 1-1 at 10:27 of the third period. Austin Strand passed the puck up the right wing to Payton Mount. Mount slipped the puck to Noah Philp in the neutral zone to create a 2-on-1 break with Samuel Huo. Philp skated at Tendeck and beat the goalie over the glove with a snap shot for his 12th goal of the year.

The assist was Mount’s first point as a T-Bird. Mount was the T-Birds’ first-round pick in the 2017 Bantam Draft.

The T-Birds had a 49-19 advantage in shots after three periods by outshooting the Giants 15-4 in the third period.

Ronning won the game 1:42 into overtime when he forced a turnover to create a breakaway. Ronning beat Seattle goalie Liam Hughes just under the cross bar.

Hughes finished the game with 19 saves on 21 shots and his record is 10-6-3-1.

Tendeck’s record is now 20-10-2-2.

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


First period – No scoring. Penalties – Bulych, Van (tripping), 12:25. Wedman, Sea (tripping), 17:49.

Second period – 1, Vancouver, Ronning 48 (Koch, Watts), 6:13. Penalties – No penalties.

Third period – 2, Seattle, Philp 12 (Mount, Strand), 10:27. Penalties – No penalties.

Overtime – 3, Vancouver, Ronning 49, 1:42. Penalties – No penalties.

Shots on goal – Seattle 15-19-15-1 50, Tri-City 11-4-4-2 21. Goalies – Seattle, Hughes 21 shots-19 saves (10-6-3-1); Vancouver, Tendeck 50-49 (20-10-2-2). Power plays – Seattle 0-1; Vancouver 0-1. A – 3,437. Referees – Chris Crich, Dexter Rasmussen. Linesmen – Spencer Lockert, Devon Sephton.

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