Andrej Kukuca scored at 3:58 of overtime Saturday night at the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic at Angel of the Winds Arena to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 5-4 win over the Everett Silvertips.
The Classic ends for the T-Birds on Sunday, September 2, as they play the Spokane Chiefs at 3pm.
Kukuca also had two assists in the game and now has a goal and four assists in two preseason games.
Seattle took a 4-3 lead with two power-play goals in 50 seconds. At 9:46 of the third Graeme Bryks took a pass in the slot from Jared Davidson and wired a shot low past Lyda.
The T-Birds kept the pressure on and Mike MacLean banged in rebound at 10:36 to get his team the lead. Kukuca passed the puck to Andrusiak in the left circle. Andrusiak took a shot that Lyda stopped but MacLean was there to clean up the rebound.
Seattle was called for a penalty with 1:52 left in the game. Everett pulled Lyda for a six-on-four advantage and Christiansen scored a tying goal with 1:12 left in the game.
Seattle outshot Everett 16-13 in the third period and 35-34 in the game.
Seattle goalie Liam Hughes had 30 saves on 34 shots and gets his first win of the preseason.
Lyda had 30 saves on 35 shots.
Preseason play continues for the T-Birds at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The T-Birds will begin the tournament on Thursday, September 6, against the Spokane Chiefs at 3pm. Tournament play will conclude on Friday, September 7 with a matchup against the Kootenay Ice at 3pm.
The T-Birds wrap up preseason play with back-to-back games against the Everett Silvertips. They will play on Tuesday, September 11, at 7:05pm at the accesso ShoWare Center. The T-Birds will travel to the Angel of the Winds Arena on Saturday, September 15, to play the Silvertips at 7pm in their final preseason game. Tickets for the preseason game on September 11 are now on sale.
The T-Birds start the 2018-19 Western Hockey League regular season against the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday, September 22 at 6:05pm at the ShoWare Center.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2018-19 regular season are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.
Season Tickets for 2018-19 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.
First period – 1, Everett, Richards 1 (Vitelli), 1:10. Penalties – Davidson, Sea (cross checking), 5:13. Bauer, Sea (cross checking), 6:08. Seeley, Evt (interference), 9:41. Vitelli, Evt (kneeing), 17:55.
Second period – 2, Seattle, Kubicek 1 (Katzalay, Andrusiak), 2:54. 3, Everett, Ormsby 1 (Dewar), 8:54. 4, Everett, Christiansen 1 (Dewar, Kindopp), 14:27 (pp). Penalties – Fasko-Rudas, Evt (tripping), 2:50. Khaira, Evt (boarding), 10:38. McNelly, Sea (cross checking, roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 13:10. McIsaac, Sea (roughing), 13:10. Khaira, Evt (roughing), 13:10. Volcan, Sea (roughing), 13:55.
Third period – 5, Seattle, Volcan 1 (Kukuca, Kubicek), 7:15. 6, Seattle, Bryks 2 (Davidson), 9:46 (pp). 7, Seattle, MacLean 1 (Andrusiak, Kukuca), 10:36 (pp). 8, Everett, Christiansen 2 (Richards, Sutter), 18:44 (pp). Penalties – Walker, Evt (tripping), :23. Walker, Evt (high-sticking), 8:27. Khaira, Evt (high-sticking), 10:24. McIsaac, Sea (roughing), 11:43. Richards, Evt (roughing), 11:43. MacLean, Sea (kneeing), 14:20. Sutter, Evt (goaltender interference), 16:13. Tyszka, Sea (cross checking), 17:06. Dewar, Evt (embellishment), 17:06. Uchacz, Sea (interference), 18:08. Andrusiak, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:44.
Overtime – 9, Seattle, Kukuca 1 (Williams), 3:58. Penalties – No penalties.
Shots on goal – Seattle 12-4-16-3 35, Everett 8-11-13-2 34. Goalies – Seattle, Hughes 34 shots-30 saves (1-0-0-0); Everett, Lyda 35-30 (0-0-1-0). Power plays – Seattle 2-8; Everett 2-8. Referees – Bryan Bourdon, Duncan Brow. Linesmen – Michael Ellis, Cameron Wetmore.