Giants Topple T-Birds

Brian Liesse

Sanders and Rempe score in 6-2 loss to Vancouver

KENT, February 15, 2020 — The Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 6-2 Saturday night at accesso ShoWare Center.

Hockey Challenge 2020 took place all day Saturday at accesso ShoWare Center and featured seven games, highlighted by Team Olczyk vs. Team Patterson in the Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni All-Star Game right after the game against the Giants. Team Olyczk beat Team Patterson 11-10. The 22nd annual Hockey Challenge supports the operations of the Seattle Ronald McDonald House and to the total dollar amount raised will be announce this coming week.

The T-Birds next game is Tuesday against the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center. Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

Vancouver took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Milos Roman.

Seattle tied the game 1-1 at 9:31 of the first on Mekai Sanders second goal of the season. Cade McNelly shot the puck from the low left wall and Mekai Sanders tipped the puck over Vancouver goalie David Tendeck. Brendan Wiliamson had the second assist.

Vancouver made it a 3-1 lead with a shorthanded goal by Tristen Nielsen at 17:38 and a goal by Bowen Byram at 19:09 of the first.

The Giants took a 4-1 lead on a goal by Milos Roman at 4:37 of the second period.

Matthew Rempe cut the Giants lead to 4-2 at 11:56 on the power play. Rempe was at the left post and banged away at the puck to get a greasy goal. It was Rempe’s tenth of the season and third consecutive game with a goal.

Roman scored at 1:01 and Trevor Longo scored at 15:21 for the Giants.

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.


First period – 1, Vancouver, Roman 19 (Florchuk, Preziuso), 3:10 (pp). 2, Seattle, Sanders 2 (McNelly, Williamson), 9:31. 3, Vancouver, Nielsen  27 (Longo, Tendeck), 17:38 (sh). 4, Vancouver, Byram 8 (C. Shepard, Katzalay), 19:09. Penalties – Uchacz, Sea (slashing), 3:03. Davidson, Sea (hooking), 14:22. C. Shepard, Van (interference), 17:04.

Second period – 5, Vancouver, Roman 20 (Kannok Leipert, Nielsen), 4:37. 6, Seattle, Rempe 10 (Davidson, Roulette), 11:56 (pp). Penalties – Williams, Sea (roughing), 6:11. Kvasnica, Van (roughing), 6:11. Kohle, Van (holding), 10:44. Nielsen, Van (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:39. Kannok Leipert, Van (hooking), 18:33. Jeri-Leon, Sea (hooking), 18:57.

Third period – 7, Vancouver, Roman 21 (Sourdif, Nielsen), 1:01. 8, Vancouver, Longo 5 (Kvasnica, Katzalay), 15:21. Penalties – Gendron, Van (tripping), 19:04.

Shots on goal – Seattle 7-9-7 23, Vancouver 10-12-10 32. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 32 shots-26 saves (17-19-3-3); Vancouver, Tendeck 23-21 (17-13-1-1). Power plays – Seattle 1-5; Vancouver 1-3. Referees – Mike Campbell, Steve Papp. Linesmen – Kris Delaney, Mark Heier.

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