Game 43: Thunderbirds defeat the Tips behind Calvin Pickard’s 35 save effort

Jan 14, 2011, 10:21 PM | Updated: Apr 6, 2011, 11:23 am

(18-17-4-4)Seattle Thunderbirds 3,(17-20-2-4) Everett Silvertips 1

Pickard makes 35 saves…Toomey with two assists

KENT– In the first half of a home and home weekend the Birds defeat the Silvertips 3-1.

The Thunderbirds picked up the first power play of the game when Tyler Maxwell went to the box for Hooking at 6:36. Despite getting several shots on net the Birds did not convert.

Seattle went back on the power play at 16:31. Clayton Cumiskey was called for Slashing. They took advantage when Brendan Rouse (7) knocked one past Kent Simpson (11-14-2-4) at 17:57 to put the Birds up 1-0. Assists were from Travis Toomey and Erik Fleming.

The Birds went up 2-0 at 19:39. Marcel Noebels scored his 13th of the season. Assists were from Brenden Dillon and Colin Jacobs.

That’s the way the first 20 minutes would end. Shots were 15-13 in favor of the Birds.

The Birds went on their third power play at 3:56 of the second period when Kieran Friesen was called for Roughing. They didn’t convert.

The Silvertips got their first power play chance at the 8:24 mark. Mitch Elliot was called for Cross Checking. They didn’t convert.

Seattle went up 3-0 when Chance Lund scored his third goal of the season at 11:24. The assists were from Justin Hickman (first WHL point) and Toomey.

Jacob Doty and Markus McCrea dropped the gloves at 11:29. Both went off for five minutes.

The Birds went back to the power play at 15:00. Manraj Hayer went to the box for Slashing. The didn’t convert.

The Birds would go into the third period up 3-0. Shots in the second period were 15-9 in favor of the Birds. They also led in shots 30-22 after two periods.

The Silvertips got on the board at the 3:53 mark of the third period to cut the Birds lead to 3-1. Landon Ferraro scored his ninth goal of the season.

The Birds went on the power play at 10:29. Ferraro went to the box for Slashing. They did not convert.

Seattle went back to the power play when Ryan Murray went to the box for Hooking at 14:41. They didn’t convert and were 1 for 6 on the power play.

With just over two minutes left the Tips pulled Simpson for the extra attacker.

With 1:20 remaining Calvin Pickard (18-15-3-4)made a huge save to keep the game at 3-1 when he picked up the puck through traffic and made a pad save. “That save was unbelievable,” said Rob Sumner . “If that goes in we still have the lead, but the heat is on. That’s a huge save at a critical time.”

At 18:40 both Ryan Button and Cody Fowlie went off for Roughing.

Time ran out and the Birds went on to win 3-1.

Shots in the third period were 14-5 in favor of Everett. They out shot the Birds 36-35 overall.

For the first two periods the Birds dominated most of the play. I can’t think of many games where they spent so much time in the offensive zone. “We played hard,” said Sumner. “In the third we made a couple of mistakes. In the second half of that period they were playing with desperation so you change things around a bit. You want to protect the middle of the ice.”

The Birds were just 1 for 6 on the power play but had good pressure on most of those chances. Sumner was asked if the power play has been changed at all with the addition of Button. “Nope. When you have some success on the power play it also gives those guys confidence. We haven’t really changed much. Guys are making good plays in the heat of the game.”

With a goal tonight Lund is starting to gain some confidence. “He’s playing like a power forward like we hoped,” said Sumner. “He has high expectations.”

Toomey was the star of the game and has been on fire as of late with two more points tonight. Sumner was asked about the 20 year old forward. “The results part I’m pleased about but he’s also a big body, great second efforts.”

After a lackluster game in Tri-City on Tuesday night Sumner was pleased with the effort against the Tips. “We had a couple of days rest. We got a good practice in, the recovery time let us gain some composure and get ready for the weekend”

The Birds will play in Everett Saturday night. Game time is 7 pm. The action can be heard live at

Game Notes:

D Travis Bobbee (shoulder) and D Austin Frank (knee sprain) did not play.

– The Birds home record improves to 7-8-1-2.

– Seattle improves to 8-11-0-3 against the U.S. Division.

– The Birds were 1 for 6 on the power play. Everett was 0 for 1.

Game Summary: (courtesy of WHL website)

1st Period-1, Seattle, Rouse 7 (Toomey, Fleming), 17:57 (PP). 2, Seattle, Noebels 13 (Dillon, Jacobs), 19:39. Penalties-Maxwell Evt (hooking), 6:36; Cumiskey Evt (slashing), 16:31.

2nd Period-3, Seattle, Lund 3 (Hickman, Toomey), 11:24. Penalties-Friesen Evt (roughing), 3:56; Elliot Sea (cross checking), 8:24; McCrea Evt (major-fighting), 11:29; Doty Sea (major-fighting), 11:29; Hayer Evt (slashing), 15:00.

3rd Period-4, Everett, Ferraro 9 (Murray, Maxwell), 3:53. Penalties-Ferraro Evt (slashing), 10:29; Harrison Evt (roughing), 10:29; Button Sea (roughing), 10:29; Murray Evt (hooking), 14:41; Fowlie Evt (roughing), 18:40; Button Sea (roughing), 18:40.

Shots on Goal-Everett 13-9-14-36. Seattle 15-15-5-35.

Power Play Opportunities-Everett 0 / 1; Seattle 1 / 6.

Goalies-Everett, Simpson 11-14-2-4 (35 shots-32 saves). Seattle, Pickard 18-15-3-4 (36 shots-35 saves).

Referees-Sean Raphael (28), Jason Nissen (91).

Linesmen-Chris Carlson (92), Mike Basford (107).

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Game 43: Thunderbirds defeat the Tips behind Calvin Pickard’s 35 save effort