The Thunderbirds celebrate after Matthew Wedman scored the game-winning goal in third period of Game 4 against the Giants on Wednesday night. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds

The Thunderbirds celebrate after Matthew Wedman scored the game-winning goal in third period of Game 4 against the Giants on Wednesday night. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds

Thunderbirds storm back to even series

Wedman caps four-goal outburst in 4-3 win over Vancouver

  • Friday, March 29, 2019 12:18pm
  • Sports

The Seattle Thunderbirds came back from a three-goal deficit, scoring four unanswered goals to overcome the Vancouver Giants 4-3 Wednesday night at the accesso ShoWare Center to even their first-round Western Hockey League playoff series at two games apiece.

Matthew Wedman delivered the game-winning goal at 15:46 of the third period.

The series returns to Vancouver, B.C., for Game 5 Friday, with face-off at 7:30 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.

Game 6 is on Kent ice at 6:05 p.m. Saturday.

Vancouver went in front 1-0 at 10:33 of the first period on a goal from Dylan Plouffe. The Giants took a 2-0 lead with three minutes left in the first on a goal from Brayden Watts and made it a 3-0 at 2:19 of the second period on a goal from Davis Koch.

Seattle started the comeback at 5:18 of the second on the power play. Nolan Volcan took a shot from the right circle that was blocked and went behind the net. Keltie Jeri-Leon got the loose puck, skated out into the left circle and slot, beating Vancouver goalie David Tendeck with a wrist shot over the blocker.

Noah Philp pulled the T-Birds to within one goal at 7:11 of the second period. Philp entered the offensive zone on the left wing and centered to Andrej Kukuca, who sent the puck right back to Philp in the left circle. Philp beat Tendeck with a wrist shot for his first goal of the playoffs.

Kukuca tied the game 3-3 at 11:13 of the third on the power play. Philp had the puck on the right wing with Wedman in front of Tendeck. Philp passed the puck to Wedman who tipped the puck on goal. The rebound came to Kukuca in the left circle, and he beat Tendeck with a quick slap shot.

Wedman scored the decisive goal at 15:46 of the third. Henrik Rybinski stole the puck on a backcheck in the right circle. Rybinski went behind the Vancouver net and centered the puck to Wedman on top of the crease. Wedman beat Tendeck low on the blocker side.

Seattle goalie Roddy Ross had 26 saves. Tendeck had 30 saves.

Look ahead

For tickets to Game 6, visit online or drop by the ShoWare Center box office, which is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

SERIES GLANCE

Vancouver vs. Seattle, best-of-seven series

Game 1 – At Vancouver 7, Seattle 1

Game 2 – Seattle 4, Vancouver 1.

Game 3 – Vancouver 6, Seattle 4

Game 4 – Seattle 4, Vancouver 3

Game 5 – Seattle at Vancouver Friday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.

Game 6 – Vancouver at Seattle Saturday, March 30, 7:05 p.m.

Game 7 – Seattle at Vancouver Tuesday, April 2, 7 p.m.*

*if necessary

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Vancouver, Plouffe 3 (Koch, Svejkovsky), 10:33. 2,Vancouver, Watts 2 (Dmytriw, Bafaro), 17:00. Penalties – Richards, Sea (major-checking from behind, game misconduct), 4:16. Plouffe, Van (roughing), 15:45. Kubicek, Sea (interference), 15:45.

Second period – 3, Vancouver, Koch 1 (Nielsen, Kannok Leipert), 2:19. 4, Seattle, Jeri-Leon 1 (Volcan), 5:18 (pp). Penalties – Roman, Van (hooking), 3:30. Philp, Sea (delay of game), 7:01. Hardy, Van (checking to the head), 11:58.

Third period – 5, Seattle, Philp 1 (Kukuca, Tyszka), 7:11. 6, Seattle, Kukuca 3 (Wedman, Philp), 11:13 (pp). 7, Seattle, Wedman 2 (Rybinski), 15:46. Penalties – Byram, Van (tripping), 5:04. Kannok Leipert, Van (cross checking), 10:54.

Shots on goal – Seattle 9-13-12 34, Vancouver 12-11-6 29. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 29 shots-26 saves (2-2); Vancouver, Tendeck 34-30 (1-1). Power plays – Seattle 2-4; Vancouver 0-2. A – 2,270. Referees – Jeff Ingram, Mark Pearce. Linesmen – Ron Dietterle, Mark Heier.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@covingtonreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.covingtonreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

Thunderbirds storm back to even series

More in Sports

A Decatur High School student in Federal Way participates in a conditioning workout in Feb. 2021 as the state eased back in to in-person activities. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
State announces mask requirements for student sports, performing arts

Athletes are not required to wear masks when participating in sports of any contact level while outside.

Screenshot of video obtained by Redmond police shows Richard Sherman trying to break into the Redmond home of his in-laws.
Former Seattle Seahawks player Richard Sherman charged with five misdemeanors in King County

Charges were filed following an incident at home of Sherman’s in-laws in Redmond.

Screenshot
Redmond Police arrest former Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman

Redmond Police allege former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman crashed into a… Continue reading

Snoqualmie Casino unveiled the first immersive Seahawks-branded table game experience Sept. 18, 2020, in a ribbon cutting dedication with Snoqualmie Tribe Council members and Snoqualmie Casino executives. Courtesy photo
Gambling Commission OKs pacts with tribes for sports betting

Agreements with 15 tribes await approval by the governor and the feds.

(Photos courtesy of Praveen Raj)
Maple Valley Cricket Club hosts its first youth cricket league

The Maple Valley Cricket Club hosted its first youth cricket league the… Continue reading

A come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Victoria Royals gave the Vancouver Giants their second win in a row Tuesday night, March 30, in Kamloops (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Back to the ice: Vancouver Giants resume play Sunday

Langley-based team scheduled to play three games in four days, following COVID postponement

Kentwood High football. FILE PHOTO
WIAA Executive Board revises Season 1 sports in response to state guidelines

Practices scheduled to begin Feb. 1 for football, volleyball, soccer and 5 other sports

The Mercer Island boys basketball celebrates their 61-36 victory over Interlake in the 3A KingCo championship game on Feb. 11, 2020, at Sammamish High School. File photo
WIAA pushes back return to play for prep sports

Season 2 now begins Feb. 1 and seasons have been shortened to seven weeks each.

In this file photo from March 2020, the Federal Way High School boys basketball team reacts in the final minutes of the state quarterfinals game against Mt. Si High School. File photo
New guidelines released for return of prep sports in WA

The new plan places counties and sports in three-tier systems. No signs of a quicker return to play.

File Photo/Kent Reporter
Emerald Downs increases horse racing purses

Betting up 67% over last year

Doctor IDs safety measures for youth team sports practices
Doctor IDs safety measures for youth team sports practices

Before practice begins, parents must understand COVID-19 protective protocols

Pictured: A Mercer Island High School swimmer competes in fall 2019. Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently announced the girls swim and dive season will be moved to “Season 3,” which begins March 1. File photo
WIAA gives schools option to delay start of prep sports until December

An updated plan moves girls swimming to Season 3 and makes fall cross country an alternate season.