Ian Henry

Sunday night at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Calvin Pickard established a new WHL record for career saves in the T-Birds 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Giants.

Pickard made 42 saves in the game to give him 6,1105110 career saves. Pickard passed former T-Bird Danny Lorenz, who had 6,11058 career saves with the T-Birds from 111086 to 11101100, to establish the new WHL record for career saves.

Pickard has appeared in 217 games with the T-Birds. He has averaged 32 saves a game for his career.

Pickard, who played 58:52 Sunday night, also set the T-Birds record for most career minutes played by a goaltender. Pickard has now played 12,63110 minutes, which is five minutes more than Lorenz, who played 12,634 minutes with the T-Birds from 111086 to 11101100.

Pickard, by passing Lorenz, is now third in the WHL record book for most career minutes played by a goaltender. Kyle Moir played 12,774 minutes with the Swift Current Broncos from 2002 to 2007 and Kurtis Mucha played 13,708 minutes with the Portland Winterhawks and Kamloops Blazers from 2005 to 2010.

Vancouver (28-17-1-2) went in front 1-0 at 6:38 of the first period when Austin Vetterl scored. Jordan Martinook and Marek Tvrdon had the assists.

Wes Vannieuwenhuizen extended the Giants lead to 2-0 when he scored at 10:35 of the second period. Nathan Burns and Anthony Ast were credited with the assists.

The Giants led in shots, 30-110, after two periods.

Chance Lund got Seattle (17-26-1-1) on the board when he scored an unassisted goal at 4:11 of the third period. Lund came down the wing on a rush and put a shot on goal. Vancouver goalie Peyton Lee made the save but the puck was in the crease. There was a scramble in front of Lee and as Lund was coming around the net the puck squirted out to him. Lund banged the puck into an empty net to get his 11th goal of the season.

Marek Tvrdon put the Giants back in front by two goals when he scored a power-play goal at 10:47 of the third. Tyler Vanscourt had the only assist.

Lund got the T-Bird right back in the game when he scored a power-play goal at 17:12 of the third. Braeden Laroque won a puck battle in the slot, looked up at Lee, and then made a pass to Lund in the right circle. Lund one-timed Laroque’s pass and beat Lee high for his second goal of the game.

Seattle pulled Pickard for an extra attacker with over a minute left in the game. They put a lot of pressure on the Giants as they pressed for the tying goal but were not able to get the puck by Lee.

Vancouver outshot Seattle 45-26 in the game.

Pickard finished with 42 saves on 45 shots and his record is now 17-21-1-1.

Lee stopped 24 of 26 shots and his record is now 2-0-0-0.

The T-Birds next game is Friday, January 27, against the Kelowna Rockets at Prospera Place at7:05pm. The next home game is Saturday, January 28, against the Portland Winterhawks at ShoWare Center 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 253-23110-7825.


First period – 1, Vancouver, Vetterl 6 (Martinook, Tvrdon), 6:38. Penalties – Machacek, Sea (tripping), 1:22. Honey, Sea (hooking), 1110:13.

Second period – 2, Vancouver, Vannieuwenhuizen 3 (Burns, Ast), 10:35. Penalties – Machacek, Sea (delay of game), 13:41.

Third period – 3, Seattle, Lund 11, 4:41. 4, Vancouver, Tvrdon 18 (Vanscourt), 10:47 (pp). 5, Seattle, Lund 12 (Laroque), 17:12 (pp). Penalties – Lockhart, Sea (hooking), 110:24. Hauf, Sea (interference), 11:14. Alos, Sea (tripping), 12:47. Vetterl, Van (goaltender interference), 15:57.

Shots on goal – Seattle 0-110-17 26. Vancouver 14-16-15 45. Goalies – Seattle, Pickard 45 shots-42 saves (17-21-1-1); Vancouver, Lee 26-24 (2-0-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 1-1; Vancouver 1-6. A – 5,543. Referee – Ryan Benbow, Derek Zalaski. Linesmen – Chris Carlson, Nathan Van Oosten.