Friday afternoon in Everett, WA the Vancouver Giants earned a 3-1 preseason victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Brendan Semchuk and Owen Hardy each had a goal and an assist while goaltenders Todd Scott and Trent Miner combined to stop 22 of the 23 shots fired their way between the pipes.
It didn’t take long for the Giants to strike offensively. Just 53 seconds into the game Brendan Semchuk pounced on a Tyler Popowich rebound and tucked the puck past Seattle starter Cole Schwebius. Owen Hardy picked up a second assist on the Semchuk marker.
Vancouver kept the pedal down and by the 12:27 mark of the first period were outshooting Seattle 10-1. They moved puck around quickly and got some good looks offensively, but Schwebius was up to the task.
The T-Birds pushed back in the later stages of the period, but Giants starter Todd Scott stood his ground in ground and turned aside all 12 shots fired his way in the first period.
Through 20 minutes the Giants led 1-0 and outshot the T-Birds by a 13-12 margin.
Vancouver held a massive territorial edge in the second period outshooting Seattle 14-4. At the 3:10 mark a pair of 20-year-olds combined to make it 2-0 Vancouver. Ty Ronning won a puck battle in the left-wing corner and centered the puck in front to Brad Morrison. Morrison, who was all by himself in front, out-waited Schwebius, went to his backhand and tucked home his first of the preseason.
Owen Hardy then further extended the Giants lead at 7:45 during the final seconds of a power play. Hardy parked himself in front of the net and tipped home a point shot from Kaleb Bulych. Hardy’s first of the preseason was also assisted by Brendan Semchuk.
Halfway through the period the Giants switched goalies. Todd Scott gave way to Trent Miner after turning aside all 14 shots fired his way. Seattle would only test Miner twice in the back-half of the period and after 40 minutes the score was 3-0 Giants who led 27-16 in shots.
Jason McKee’s crew locked it down in the third period holding Seattle to just seven shots. Payton Mount would score the lone goal for Seattle with a minute and 28 seconds left to spoil the shutout bid, but the Giants skated off the ice after 60 minutes with a 3-1 victory and a 1-0 preseason record.
Vancouver outshot Seattle 33-23 and finished the game one-for-six on the man advantage. Seattle finished the game one-for-nine on their power play chances.
Next up for the Giants: A battle with the Spokane Chiefs tomorrow at 3 PM. Tomorrow afternoon’s game can be heard live on TSN 1410 starting at 2:45 PM.