KENT- The Seattle Thunderbirds scored three goals in less than four minutes late in the third period Tuesday night to secure a 3-0 shutout of the Vancouver Giants at ShoWare Center in Kent.
Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard stopped all 37 shots he faced to get his second shutout of the season and improve his record to 13-12-0-1.
Branden Troock got the T-Birds on the board at 15:27 of the third period. Connor Honey played the puck off the left wall in the Seattle zone Troock who carried it through it into the Giants zone. Troock cut across the Vancouver zone left to right, weaved past a Vancouver defenseman, and whipped the puck over Vancouver goalie Adam Morrison’s right shoulder from just below the right face-off dot.
At 16:42 of the third, Luke Lockhart put the T-Birds in front 2-0. Chance Lund brought the puck from right to left behind the Giants net and attempted a wraparound shot. Lund’s shot rebounded off of Morrison’s pad and into the crease. Lockhart grabbed the puck and chipped it into the net from just on top of the crease. Cason Machacek had the second assist on Lund’s ninth goal of the year.
Justin Hickman iced the game for Seattle (13-15-0-1) with an empty-net goal at 19:20 of the third. Burke Gallimore stole the puck from a Vancouver player in the T-Bird zone and sent it to Jacobs in neutral zone. Jacobs got the puck over the red line and then quickly dropped it back to Hickman who snapped the puck into the empty net.
Vancouver (20-12-1-1) finished with a 37-31 advantage in shots on goal at the end of the game.
Vancouver goalie Adam Morrison made 25 saves on 27 shots, and his record is now 19-7-1-1. Jackson Whistle played a minute and a half in the middle of the second period. Whistle stopped all three shots he faced.
The T-Birds have a home-and-home series with the Tri-City Americans on Friday and Saturday night. The game on Friday is at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. On Saturday the T-Birds face the Americans at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Both games are at 7:05pm
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2011-12 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.
T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.
First period – No scoring. Penalties – Troock, Sea (slashing), 11:47.
Second period – No scoring. Penalties – Aschim, Sea (roughing), 8:00. Troock, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:41. Makin, Van (cross-checking, unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:41. Alos, Sea (interference), 17:12. Ast, Van (tripping), 17:12. Musil, Van (cross-checking), 18:47.
Third period – 1, Seattle, Troock 6 (Honey, Theodore), 15:27. 2, Seattle, Lockhart 6 (Lund, Machacek), 16:36. 3, Seattle, Hickman 6 (Jacobs, Gallimore), 19:20. Penalties – Lockhart, Sea (interference), 1:20. Martinook, Van (elbowing), 6:07.
Shots on goal – Seattle 8-11-12 31. Vancouver 11-10-16 37 Goalies – Seattle, Pickard 37 shots-37 saves (13-12-0-1); Vancouver, Morrison 27-25 (19-7-1-1), Whistle 3-3. Power plays – Seattle 0-3; Vancouver 0-3. A – 3,355. Referee – Brett Iverson, Mike Campbell. Linesmen – Justin Hull, Adam Brastad.