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Vancouver Beats Up On The T-Birds
The Vancouver Giants got some much needed secondary scoring en route to a 6-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds Friday night at the Pacific Coliseum in front of 8,387 fans. With the victory and a Kelowna loss, the Giants move back into first place in the B.C. division.
After a pregame ceremony honouring Vancouver Olympics CEO John Furlong and Olympic Gold Medalist Maelle Ricker the Giants rewarded them with the first goal of the game. Jordan Martinook snapped his 8 game goalless drought, banging home a pretty feed from Andrej Stastny for his 9th goal of the season. Vancouver led 1-0 through 20 minutes of play.
In the second stanza the Giants wasted little time adding to their lead as Brendan Rowinski took advantage of a bad turnover in the Seattle end, potting his 15th of the year just 17 seconds into the frame. Nathan Burns would make it a 3-0 lead as he buried his 11th of the season and the Giants were in full control, or so they thought. Seattle scored two quick ones late in the period to cut the lead to 3-2 Vancouver through 40 minutes.
Just as an early power play expired Martinook found the back of the net for the second time on the night to put the home team up 4-2. Nathan Burns followed suit with his second of the game and it was 5-2 Vancouver. Zach Hodder rounded out the scoring, picking up his 2nd goal of the season to make it a 6-2 final. Vancouver outshot the Thunderbirds 37-19. Mark Segal needed to make just 17 saves for his 24th victory of the year. Martinook finished with 2 goals and an assist and first star honours, Teal Burns chipped in with 3 assists, and Stastny had a pair of helpers himself.
Vancouver is back action tomorrow night when they look to snap their three game losing streak vs. the Kelowna Rockets. Game time is 7:00pm from the Okanagan. The pregame show begins at 6:30pm on AM 650. With a win, the Giants can extend their lead to 4 points in the race for first in the division.
- Vancouver Sun article (Giants cruise past T-Birds, regain first) - N. W. Bruin on Feb 19, 9:25 PM