Giants defeat T-Birds
Vancouver, BC, December 13, 2006 - The Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 Wednesday night at the Pacific Coliseum.
The T-Birds are now 13-9-1-8 in the US Division and are one point behind the Tri-City Americans for third place in the standings.
Kyle Lamb gave the Giants a 1-0 lead at 3:26 of the first period. J.D. Watt and Brent Regner had the assists. Seattle argued that Lamb kicked the puck into the net but the referees disagreed and the goal stood. Vancouver (25-5-2-2) outshot Seattle 13-4 in the first period.
The T-Birds outshot the Giants 11-5 in a scoreless second period. The Giants led 18-15 in total shots after two periods.
Seattle tied the game 1-1 at 1:13 of the third period. Thomas Hickey had the puck on the right boards at the hash mark just as a Seattle power play ended. Hickey fed the puck to Bud Holloway behind and to the right of the Vancouver net. After Hickey passed he headed towards the crease. Holloway passed back to Hickey and he took a quick wrist shot that Vancouver goalie Tyson Sexsmith stopped. Aaron Gagnon was to the left of the goal and knocked in the rebound for his 20th goal of the year.
The T-Birds took a 2-1 lead a little over two minutes after their first goal. Gagnon chased down a puck behind the Vancouver net. He made a centering pass to Holloway charging own the slot. Holloway one- timed Gagnon's pass past Sexsmith at 3:23 of the third. Scott Jackson had the second assist on the go- head goal.
Tim Kraus tied the game 2-2 for the Giants at 5:52 of the third. Regner and Sexsmith had the assists.
Spencer Machacek put the Giants in front 3-2 with an unassisted goal at 10:39 of the third. Milan Lucic had the only assist on the goal.
Seattle outshot Vancouver 13-12 in the third period although the Giants held a 30-28 margin in shots at the end of the game.
Seattle goalie Derek Yeomans made 27 saves on 30 shots and his record is now 10-6-1-6.
Sexsmith made 26 saves on 28 shots and his record is now 16-4-1-1.
Seattle has three games this weekend, two at home and one on the road. Friday, the T-Birds take on the Spokane Chiefs at KeyArena at 7:35 p.m. in the first game of a home-and-home series. Saturday night the T-Birds are in Spokane for a game at 7 p.m. The Everett Silvertips are the last game of the weekend when they are at KeyArena for a game at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday.
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