March 26, 2019
The Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 6-4 EN at accesso ShoWare Center tonight in Game 3 of a first round playoff series.
Vancouver now leads the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game 4 on Wednesday at 7:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center.
The Giants opened at home Friday with a convincing 7-1 win, then fell 4-1 in the rematch Sunday.
Vancouver went 48-15-3-2 in the regular season, which marked the franchise’s second-best winning percentage in its 18-year history. They haven’t lost back-to-back games since dropping four in a row on an Alberta road trip that ended with a 4-3 setback to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Jan. 4.
They tied for the league’s fourth-best road record, thanks to a 22-9-2-1 mark.
Seattle took the second of two wild card posts out of the Western Conference via their 31-29-6-2 record.
Of the 16 teams to qualify for the playoffs in the WHL, the Thunderbirds had the worst home record, at 17-14-2-1.
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 a power-play goal by Tristen Nielsen.
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.
Nolan 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.
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.
Vancouver vs. Seattle
Game 1 at Vancouver 7, Seattle 1
Game 2 Seattle 4, at Vancouver 1
Game 3 Vancouver 6, at Seattle 4
Game 4 Vancouver @ Seattle Wednesday, March 27, 7:05pm
Game 5 Seattle @ Vancouver Friday, March 29, 7:30pm
Game 6 Vancouver @ Seattle Saturday, March 30, 7:05pm*
Game 7 Seattle @ Vancouver Tuesday, April 2, 7pm*
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 – None.
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.
Attenance – 4,425.
Referees – Duncan Brow, Fraser Lawrence.
Linesmen – Brett Mackey, Michael McGowan.