Before a season high 6,009 fans at the ShoWare Center
on Teddy Bear Toss night Saturday, the Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Portland
Connor Honey and Roberts Lipsbergs each had a goal and an assist. Seth Swenson had
Portland (37-6-1-1) took a 1-0 lead at 6:44 of the first period when Brendan Leipsic
scored. Nic Petan had the only assist for the Winterhawks on the goal.
Seattle (17-26-2-1) tied the game 1-1 at 12:40 of the first period when Roberts
Lipsbergs scored in front of the net to start the Teddy Bear Toss. Jared Hauf moved
the puck into the corner for Connor Honey. Honey passed the puck out front to Lipsbergs
who slammed it home into the open net for his 18th goal of the season.
The game was delayed 10 minutes while the teddy bears and other stuffed animals
were cleared off the ice. The bears were collected by the WARM 106.9 Teddy Bear
Patrol and will be given to police and fire departments who will distribute them
to children in times of emergency and crisis.
Honey then put the T-Birds ahead 2-1 at 17:33 of the first. Lipsbergs, Alexander
Delnov, and Honey moved the puck well to break out of the T-Birds end to start
an odd-man rush into the Portland zone. The puck moved to Delnov near the left circle
who then centered the puck into Honey's path. The puck went in off his skate and
was reviewed, but the goal stood as Honey was deemed to not have made a kicking
motion towards the puck.
Shots were 15-8 Seattle in the first period.
Portland tied the game at 2-2 just 1:33 into the second period. Ty Rattie scored
on a two-on-none break with Leipsic after a T-Birds turnover in the neutral zone.
The Thunderbirds responded and took a 3-2 lead at 4:59 of the second. Seth Swenson
was the lone forward in on the forecheck and forced a turnover near the lower right
circle. The puck bounced to Branden Troock who snapped a shot past Winterhawks goalie
Brendan Burke. The goal was Troock's fifth on the year.
Shots in the second period were 12-8 Seattle, with the T-Birds taking a 22-14 advantage
into the second intermission.
The T-Birds took a two-goal lead at 9:40 of the third period. Swenson outraced a
Portland defenseman to the puck in the right corner. He curled up the right boards
and centered the puck to Adam Kambeitz in front of Burke all alone. Kambeitz brought
the puck to his forehand and lifted it over Burke's right shoulder.
The Winterhawks came fast and furious after the second Seattle goal. They got to
within one when Petan scored at 13:55 of the third. Leipsic had the only assist
on the goal.
The T-Birds blocked several shots and Brandon Glover stood tall to deny the Winterhawks
in the last six minute of the game.
Both teams had 12 shots on goal in the third period and the T-Birds finished with
a 39-28 advantage in shots.
Glover stopped 25 of 28 shots and his record is now 16-19-2-1.
Burke made 35 saves on 39 shots and his record is now 14-4-1-0.
The T-Birds play the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Sunday at 5:05pm at ShoWare Center.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2012-13 season are available online at the T-Birds
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 - 1, Portland, Leipsic 30 (Petan), 6:44. 2, Seattle, Lipsbergs 18 (Honey,
Hauf), 12:40. 3, Seattle, Honey 11 (Delnov, Lipsbergs), 17:33. Penalties - Baker,
Por (interference), 3:16. Swenson, Sea (roughing), 7:58. Wardley, Sea (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 9:24. Peters, Por (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:24.
Second period - 4, Portland, Rattie 20 (Petan, Leipsic), 1:32. 5, Seattle, Troock
5 (Swenson), 4:59. Penalties - Johnson, Sea (holding), 18:53.
Third period - 6, Seattle, Kambeitz 10 (Swenson), 9:40. 7, Portland, Petan 31 (Leipsic),
13:55. Penalties - Swenson, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:16. De Champlain, Por
(unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:16. Peters, Por (10-minute misconduct), 20:00.
Shots on goal - Seattle 15-12-12 39, Portland 8-8-12 28. Goalies - Seattle, Glover
28 shots-25 saves (16-19-2-1); Portland, Burke 39-28 (14-4-1-0). Power plays - Seattle
0-1; Portland 0-2. A - 6,009. Referees - Steve Papp, Pat Smith. Linesmen - Zach
Brooks, Chris Sweeting.