The victory allowed Seattle (29-14-2-3) to stretch its winning streak to seven games despite squandering a 2-goal lead it gained early in the first period. With the playoffs creeping up, Seattle is in firm control of the fourth seed in the Western Conference.
Barzal, 16, has scored six goals and delivered 25 assists in 32 games for fifth place Seattle (21-10-1-3). His 25 assists trail only defenseman Shea Theodore (27) for the team lead and his 31 points are fourth most amongst T-Birds skaters.
Delnov picked up right where he left off Friday night, scoring just 2:11 into the first period and Roberts Lipsbergs followed just 38 seconds later to put the T-Birds quickly ahead 2-0. Facing a goalie on a run like Polivka had been on, Seattle made sure not to let him settle in.
Shea Theodore, the Thunderbirds starting defenseman, scored his 11th goal of the season and added another assist to give him 24 total points through 19 games played. In a season of inconsistencies for Steve Konowalchuk’s team, Theodore has been the lone constant.
Wardley received the suspension for charging prior to last Saturday’s 5-0 loss to Everett. He is scheduled to return for Seattle on Friday, November 15th against Victoria.
Brandon Fushimi and Brandon Magee had two goals apiece and Tyler Soy added three points for Victoria (11-9-0-1) which continued its recent dominance over the Thunderbirds in front of 4,070 Friday night at the ShoWare Center.
Brendan Leipsic and Taylor Leier each scored two goals, while the team’s co-scoring leaders, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nic Petan, added two assists apiece to help carry the Hawks to their 10th consecutive win.
Facing a team that it meets just one time per season, Seattle out-hustled and largely out-fought (both literally and figuratively) Brandon in front of 4,096 at the ShoWare Center.
In their shootout loss to Tri-City on Friday, the Thunderbirds finished 0-for-5 on the power play. Against the Giants, Saturday, the team wasted no time getting that fixed, scoring on its first two chances to take a 3-1 lead after the first period.
One night after blowing a late two-goal lead to its opponent, the Seattle Thunderbirds (9-3-0-1) roared back for a six goal effort in defeating Swift Current 6-3.