The Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 6-4 in Game 3 of their first-round Western Hockey League playoff series Tuesday night at the accesso ShoWare Center.
Vancouver leads the best-of-seven series 2-1, with Game 4 at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at the ShoWare Center.
Matthew Wedman put the T-Birds in front 1-0 at 4:06 of the first period. Nolan Volcan took a shot from the neutral zone that rebounded off Vancouver goalie David Tendeck to the bottom of the left circle. Wedman fought through a Giants’ defenseman to get the puck and he beat Tendeck from the goal line with a wrist shot.
Vancouver tied the game 1-1 at 19:27 of the first on Tristen Nielsen’s power-play goal.
The Giants took a 2-1 lead at 3:21 of the second period on a goal from Bowen Byram.
The Giants were whistled for consecutive too many men penalties, and Seattle took a 3-2 lead on back-to-back power play goals.
Keltie Jeri-Leon found Wedman all alone in front of Tendeck. The Vancouver goalie made a right pad save on Wedman and the puck came to Payton Mount at the bottom of the left circle. Mount fired the puck past Tendeck at 8:40 of the second for his first goal of the playoffs.
Mount struck for a second time on the power play at 11:09 of the second. Volcan passed the puck to Simon Kubicek at the right point. Kubicek carried the puck to center ice a put a wrist shot on net. Mount tipped Kubicek’s shot past Tendeck.
Jadon Joseph tied the game 3-3 for the Giants at 18:48 of the second on the power play.
Vancouver took a 5-3 lead on goals by Alex Kannon Leipert 24 seconds into the third period and by Dallas Hines at 7:02 of the third.
Seattle cut the lead to one goal at 16:38 of the third. Sean Richards beat Tendeck with a slap shot from the left circle off assists from Kubicek and Tyszka.
The T-Birds pulled Ross with 1:24 left for an extra attacker. Seattle pressured the Giants in the offensive zone, but Brayden Watts was able to hit the empty net with 22 seconds left in the game.
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Vancouver vs. Seattle, best-of-seven series
Game 1 – At Vancouver 7, Seattle 1
Game 2 – Seattle 4, Vancouver 1.
Game 3 – Vancouver 6, Seattle 4
Game 4 – Vancouver at Seattle Wednesday, March 27, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Seattle at Vancouver Friday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 – Vancouver at Seattle Saturday, March 30, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – Seattle at Vancouver Tuesday, April 2, 7 p.m.*
First period – 1, Seattle, Wedman 1 (Volcan, Tyszka), 4:06. 2, Vancouver, Nielsen 1 (Hardy, Svejkovsky), 19:27 (pp). Penalties – Byram, Van (cross checking), 11:20. Wedman, Sea (slashing), 11:20. McNelly, Sea (high-sticking), 17:28. Watts, Van (tripping), 19:53.
Second period – 3, Vancouver, Byram 2 (Svejkovsky, Nielsen), 3:21. 4, Seattle, Mount 1 (Wedman, Jeri-Leon), 8:40. 5, Seattle, Mount 2 (Kubicek, Volcan), 11:09 (pp). 6, Vancouver, Joseph 3 (Byram, Plouffe), 18:48. Penalties – Joseph, Van (tripping), :45. Kaluski, Sea (holding), 3:50. Bench, Van (too many men-served by Patrician), 7:44. Bench, Van (too many men-served by Patrician), 11:03. Holt, Van (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:24. Bryks, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:24. Plouffe, Van (hooking), 15:02. Tyszka, Sea (tripping), 17:44. Richards, Sea (roughing), 18:48. Roman, Van (roughing), 18:48.
Third period – 7, Vancouver, Kannok Leipert 1 (Dmytriw, Byram), :24. 8, Vancouver, Hines 1 (Koch, Nielsen), 7:02. 9, Seattle, Richards 2 (Kubicek, Tyszka), 16:38. 10, Vancouver, Watts 1 (Koch), 16:38 (en). Penalties – No penalties.
Shots on goal – Seattle 15-7-7 29, Vancouver 10-15-12 37. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 36 shots-31 saves (1-2); Vancouver, Tendeck 29-25 (1-0). Power plays – Seattle 2-5; Vancouver 2-3. A – 4,425. Referees – Duncan Brow, Fraser Lawrence. Linesmen – Brett Mackey, Michael McGowan.