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T-Birds Season Ends in Game 6 Loss To Giants

Brian Liesse

Vancouver wins first round playoff series 4-2

KENT, March 30, 2019 — The Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-1 Saturday night at accesso ShoWare Center in Game 6 of a first round playoff series between the teams.

Vancouver win the best-of-seven series 4-2 to advance to the second round of the playoffs and will face the winner of the Kamloops Blazers and Victoria Royals first round series.

Nolan Volcan finishes his five year T-Birds career with the most playoff games played in team history with 55 games. Volcan had 10 goal and 17 assists for 27 points in the 55 games. In 321 career regular season games Volcan had 100 goals and 131 assists for 231 points.

Vancouver took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Bowen Byram at 11:01 of the first period.

The Giants went in front 2-0 on a shorthanded goal by Jared Dmytriw at 7:14 of the second period.

Jadon Joseph scored at 15:08 and 18:13, on the power play, of the second to put the Giants in front 4-0.

Tristen Nielsen scored the Giants fifth goal at 2:40 of the third period.

Seattle got on the board at 15:32 of the third period. Noah Philp took shot from the left circle that hit Vancouver goalie David Tendeck and dropped to the ice. Andrej Kukuca crashed the net and banged the rebound past Tendeck. Cade McNelly had the second assist.

Seattle goalie Roddy Ross had 28 saves.

Tendeck had 33 saves.

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 At Seattle 4, Vancouver 3
Game 5 At Vancouver 3, Seattle 2
Game 6 Vancouver 5, at Seattle 1

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Vancouver, Byram 3 (Koch), 11:01. Penalties – Bafaro, Van (slashing), 6:26. Wedman, Sea (interference), 11:30. Kannok Leipert, Van (slashing), 13:08. Rybinski, Sea (elbowing), 17:21.

Second period – 2, Vancouver, Dmytriw 1, 7:14 (sh). 3, Vancouver, Joseph 5 (Kannok Leipert, Watts), 15:08. 4, Vancouver, Joseph 6 (Bowen, Roman), 18:13 (pp). Penalties – Dmytriw, Van (tripping), 3:29. Tendeck, Van (delay of game-served by Svejkovsky), 6:26. Wedman, Sea (checking to the head), 17:56.

Third period – 5, Vancouver, Nielsen 2 (Koch), 2:40. Penalties – Bauer, Sea (slashing), 5:02. Nielsen, Van (cross checking), 5:02. Plouffe, Van (holding), 9:28.

Shots on goal – Seattle 10-10-14 34, Vancouver 13-17-3 33. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 33 shots-28 saves (2-4); Vancouver, Tendeck 34-33 (2-1). Power plays – Seattle 0-5; Vancouver 1-3. A – 3,113. Referees – Chris Crich, Brett Iverson. Linesmen – Brett Mackey, Michael McGowan.

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