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Giants Just Get Past T-Birds

Rob Wilton

Roulette and Kubicek score in 3-2 loss to Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC, February 17, 2020 — The Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 Monday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre.

The T-Birds next game is Tuesday against the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center. The game is a Chick-fil-A 2-for-Tuesday game featuring 2-for-1 tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and select beverages. Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

Seattle is in the second Wild Card playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 21-26-3-3 record. They are four points behind the Kelowna Rockets (24-26-2-2) for the first Wild Card playoff spot. The T-Birds and Rockets will meet on March 6 in Kelowna in their fourth and final game of the season.

Seattle goalie Blake Lyda was very solid in net. Lyda made 36 saves and stopped Tristen Nielsen three times on breakaways.

Simon Kubicek scored with 47 seconds left and Lyda on the bench to cut the Giants lead to one goal. Kubicek took a pass from Conner Roulette and beat Vancouver goalie David Tendeck from the left point.

Seattle pulled Lyda a second time off the faceoff after Kubicek’s goal. They pressured but were not able to get the tying goal.

Vancouver was up 2-0 after one period on power play goals by Bowen Byram at 13:13 and Tristen Nielsen at 17:06.

Early in the second period Blake Lyda stopped Tristen Nielsen on a breakaway with a right pad save. Just after this save the T-Birds cut the Giants lead to one goal.

Conner Roulette took a pass at the left point from Payton Mount. Roulette skated down the slot with the puck on his backhand. At the top of the crease Roulette brought the puck to his forehand and snapped it past Tendeck’s blocker. The goal was Roulette’s 17th of the season and gives him a five-game point streak.

Eric Florchuk scored at 9:33 of the second to put the Giants back in front by two goals.

The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2019-20 season.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Vancouver, Byram 9 (Florchuk), 13:13 (pp). 2, Vancouver, Nielsen 28 (Byram, Florchuk), 17:06 (pp). Penalties – Horning, Van (roughing), 9:35. McNelly, Sea (roughing), 13:03. Kubicek, Sea (boarding), 15:49.

Second period – 3, Seattle, Roulette 17, 2:33. 4, Vancouver, Florchuk 19 (Kvasnica, Preziuso), 9:33. Penalties – Kubicek, Sea (major-fighting), 6:36. J. Shepard, Van (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 6:36. Byram, Van (interference), 10:46. Patterson, Sea (slashing), 12:39.

Third period – 5, Seattle, Kubicek 7 (Roulette), 19:13. Penalties – Longo, Sea (interference), 5:10. Schaefer, Sea (major-fighting, game misconduct), 8:36. Lies, Van (major-fighting, game misconduct), 8:36. Byram, Van (major-checking from behind, game misconduct), 9:27. Rempe, Sea (roughing), 9:27. McNelly, Sea (roughing), 9:27. J. Shepard, Van (roughing), 9:27. Davidson, Sea (slashing), 17:04. Preziuso, Van (roughing), 18:47. Kukuca, Sea (roughing), 18:47. Bruggen-Cate, Sea (roughing), 19:57. Patterson, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:57. Roman, Van (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:57.

Shots on goal – Seattle 3-10-12 25, Vancouver 12-16-11 39. Goalies – Seattle, Lyda 39 shots-36 saves (3-8-0-0); Vancouver, Miner 25-23 (12-7-2-1). Power plays – Seattle 0-4; Vancouver 2-4. Referees – Ryan Benbow, Graedy Hamilton. Linesmen – Angus Middleton, Nathan Van Oosten.

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