T-Birds Drop Cougars in Dramatic Fashion


September 30, 2012, PRINCE GEORGE, BC, September 29, 2012 – Seth Swenson’s goal with 10 seconds remaining and his assist on Shae Theodore’s OT winner gave the Seattl Thunderbirds a 2-1 win over Prince George Saturday night in Prince George.

The Seattle Thunderbirds were trailing the Prince George Cougars 1-0 Saturday night with 17 seconds left in the game at the CN Centre.

After a Cougars icing the T-Birds sent out six skaters to try and tie the game. They did just that when Seth Swenson banged the puck past Prince George goalie Devon Fordyce with 10 seconds left in the game.

In overtime, Swenson set up Shea Theodore with a back door pass on a two-on-one break. Theodore fired it past Fordyce at the two-minute mark to give the T-Birds a 2-1 overtime victory over the Cougars.

Seattle goalie Brandon Glover made several solid saves during the course of the game to keep the T-Birds within striking distance. Glover finished with 29 saves on 30 shots and his record is now 2-1-0-0.

The Cougars beat the T-Birds 4-3 Friday night at CN Centre in the first of back-to-back games.

Seattle (2-2-0-0) outshot Prince George 14-7 in the first period.

Alex Forsberg opened the scoring when he put back a rebound with two minutes left in the second period. Brock Hirsche and Colin Jacobs had the assists.

Prince George (3-1-0-0) outshot Seattle 15-10 in the second period but the T-Birds led 24-22 in total shots after 40 minutes.

On the tying goal Luck Lockhart won a faceoff in the right circle back to Branden Troock. Troock sent the puck to Jerret Smith pinching down into the left circle. Smith stumbled, fell to his stomach but was able to center the puck to Swenson. Swenson knocked it home for his second goal of the year.

Seattle outshot Prince George 34-30 in the game.

Fordyce made 32 saves on 34 shots and his record is now 1-1-0-0.

T-Birds travel to Kamloops on Friday, October 5, to take on the Blazers at the Interior Savings Centre. Puck drop is at 7pm. They are back home on Saturday, October 6, to face the Everett Silvertips at ShoWare Center at 7:05pm.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2012-13 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 – Theodore, Sea (hooking), 1:03.

Second period – 1, Prince George, Forsberg 3 (Hirsche, Jacobs), 18:00. Penalties – Hauf, Sea (roughing), 2:53. Troock, Sea (hooking), 11:20. Honey, Sea (roughing), 20:00. Tkatch, PG (roughing), 20:00.

Third period – 2, Seattle, Swenson 2 (Smith, Troock), 19:50. Penalties – Gibb, PG (hooking), :27. Lipsbergs, PG (kneeing), 7:12.

Overtime – 3, Seattle, Theodore 1 (Swenson), 2:00. Penalties – No penalties.

Shots on goal – Seattle 14-10-9-1 34, Prince George 7-15-8-0 30. Goalies – Seattle, Glover 30 shots-29 saves (2-1-0-0); Prince George, Fordyce 34-32 (1-1-0-0). Power plays -Seattle 0-1; Prince George 0-4. A – 1,971. Referees – Adam Griffiths, Brett Iverson. Linesmen – Justin Hull, Adam Hyatt.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.