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Seattle brings down the mighty Giants

Seattle uses a mix of excellent play and a sprinkle of luck tonight to take down the Vancouver Giants and hand them only their 5th regulation loss of the season.

Thomas Hickey had two goals while Greg Scott added a goal and two assists for the Tbirds tonight.

Hickey's two goals coming tonight on his 20th birthday.

It goes without saying that this was a big win for Seattle and getting 4 out of a possible 6 points this weekend over 3 quality opponents qualifies as a very successful weekend. The ability of the Tbirds to bounce back after a horrible night last night on the road to put forth their best game of the season has to be commended.

We'll get the bad news out of the way first. Seattle lost Devon LeBlanc in the first period with an undisclosed leg injury and Jacob DeSerres wasn't even dressed tonight and honestly I have no idea who the kid was who suited up as the back up goaltender... he was not even listed in the box score report.

Now for the good parts...

-Chris Cloud obviously has a bone to pick with the Vancouver Giants. Cloud has just a bit more pep in his step against the Giants and it showed again tonight as he picked up Seattle's first goal of the game off a feed from Devon LeBlanc (before the injury obviously). The goal was scored 4 on 4 and Thomas Hickey scored a Power Play goal shortly after to give the Tbirds a 2-1 lead.

-Calvin Pickard was again not good in the first period giving up a soft goal to Pierro-Zabotel 52 seconds into the game and two more first period goals on longer shots from Mike Piluso and Nick Ross. But Pickard recovered to post back to back scoreless periods in the 2nd and 3rd and ended up stopping 32 of 35 shots on the night.

-Dillon had a horrible night, misplaying the puck on the goal by Piluso and getting a penalty a few minutes later that led to the Ross Power Play goal.

-The overall team defense tonight in the 2nd and 3rd periods was excellent and was more like what we have seen in the past years from the Tbirds. A lot of the Vancouver shots came from the outside and a majority of the time the rebounds were cleared out by the defenders. While Vancouver had their chances and Seattle has to feel fortunate to have dodged a few Giant bullets, I also feel like they deserved the luck they got tonight.

Seattle now pulls to within 2 games of .500 at 25-27-4, good for 54 points and they currently sit 1 point behind Everett (who won tonight) and 3 points behind Kamloops (idle tonight) with one game in hand. Oh... by the way... Kelowna took down Spokane tonight and Seattle sits 15 points behind Kelowna and 17 points behind Spokane.... it's going to be pretty tough to catch either one of those two teams.


Kodi said...

I didn't catch the goaltenders name but he was a 17 year old playing for the Kent Valley Hockey Selects.

My guess is that we weren't able to get any of our listed players here by tonight's game.

Shannon Hunnex said...

i would like to mention that sexsmith officially has the best helmet paintjob in the league of a woman with ridiculous cleavage.

Shannon Hunnex said...

Anonymous said...

The backup goaltender's name is Sean MacFarlane and he's on the Kent Valley Selects U-18 AAA team. He's been asked to practice with the T-Birds this week and to possibly suit up as a backup this weekend depending on De Serres' condition.

fleurygoalie said...

Is this back up goalie any good? have you guys watched him? Will he be able to back up pickard if something happens to him?

Anonymous said...

From what I hear from the players and the coaching staff, the kid is pretty decent--decent enough that they had him in practice all week and have invited him back to their practices for next week. But DeSerres is dressing for tonight's game in Everett as backup so it'll be interesting to see if he tweaks that groin injury any more.

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