Seattle goalie makes 41 saves in 5-3 win over Victoria
VICTORIA, BC, February 5, 2019 — Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Roddy Ross made 41 saves Tuesday night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena to lead the T-Birds to a 5-3 win over the Victoria Royals.
Ross had 12 saves in the first period, 13 saves in the second period and 16 saves in the third period. Ross faced a tough test when the Royals pulled their goalie with two minutes left in the game. He made several saves before Matthew Wedman was able to score an empty-net goal with 24 seconds left in the game. Ross improves his record to 7-2-0-1.
This was the first of back-to-back games for the T-Birds in Victoria. The two teams meet for a second time Wednesday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena. The T-Birds return to accesso ShoWare Center on Friday to play the Portland Winterhawks at 7:35pm.
Right wing Payton Mount is from Victoria and was playing his first game in front family and friends. Mount had two assists in the win.
The T-Birds moved ahead of the Kamloops Blazers for the second wild card playoff spot in the Western Conference. Their record is now 20-24-5-1 and the Blazers record is 20-25-4-1.
The T-Birds struck a second time just 1:59 after Wedman’s goal. On the power play Tyler Carpendale won a puck out of the right corner to Mount at the right point. Mount crossed the puck to Jake Lee at the left point as Carpendale headed to the crease to screen Gould. Lee skated into the left circle and put a wrist shot over Gould’s blocker for his third goal of the year.
Victoria outshot Seattle 12-6 in the first period.
Victoria (25-21-1-2) cut the T-Birds lead to one with a power-play goal by Kaid Oliver at 4:44 of the second period. Kody McDonald had the only assist.
Victoria cut the lead one goal a third time at 13:37 of the third on a goal from Scott Walford. Brandon Cutler and Igor Martynov had the assists.
With the Royals pressing in the final minute and Gould on the bench for an extra attacker, Wedman was able to control the puck in the defensive zone and then skate up the right wing. In the neutral zone Wedman played the puck off the boards, skated around a defenseman and chased down the puck. Wedman got to the puck at the blue line and flung a backhand shot at the empty Victoria net to seal the win.
Victoria outshot Seattle 18-8 in the third period and 4-121 in the game.
Gould had 16 saves on 20 shots and his record is 5-7-0-1.
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 2018-19 season.
First period – 1, Seattle, Wedman 24, 16:36. 2, Seattle, Lee 3 (Mount, Carpendale), 18:35. Penalties – Williams, Sea (tripping), 12:18. Walford, Vic (hooking), 17:17. Williams, Sea (tripping), 18:59.
Second period – 4, Seattle, Williams 3, 10:43. Penalties – Richards, Sea (slashing), 3:46. McNelly, Sea (elbowing), 16:09.
Shots on goal – Seattle 6-7-8 21, Victoria 12-14-18 44. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 44 shots-41 saves (7-2-0-1); Victoria, Gould 20-16 (5-7-0-1). Power plays – Seattle 1-1; Victoria 1-4. A – 3,393. Referees – Ryan Benbow, Adam Griffiths. Linesmen – Riley Friesen, Chris Van Deventer.