Spencer Machacek's second-period short-handed goal proved to be the winner as the Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-1...

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Spencer Machacek’s second-period short-handed goal proved to be the winner as the Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-1 in Game 2 of the teams’ Western Hockey League second-round playoff series Saturday night.

The defending WHL champion Giants evened the best-of-seven series at one game each. Game 3 is Tuesday in Seattle.

The Giants outshot the Thunderbirds 39-23 before a crowd of 7,008 at Pacific Coliseum.

Andre Herman had the lone goal for Seattle, which was 1 for 6 on power plays.

Wacey Rabbit and Michael Repik also scored goals for Vancouver.

Seattle vs. Vancouver
Best-of-seven series tied 1-1.
When Result
Friday Seattle won 4-3, OT
Saturday Vancouver 3, Seattle 1
When Where, time
Tuesday at Seattle, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday at Seattle, 7:05 p.m.
April 13 at Vancouver, 7:30 p.m.
April 14 at Seattle, 7:05 p.m.*
April 17 at Vancouver, 7 p.m.*
* if necessary


VANCOUVER 3, THUNDERBIRDS 1

Seattle 0 0 1 — 1
Vancouver 1 1 1 — 3

First — 1, Vancouver, Repik 2 (Rabbit, Lucic), 17:30. Second — 2, Vancouver, Machacek 4 (Regner), 7:32. (sh). Third — 3, Seattle, Herman 2 (Jackson, Stamler), 15:58 (pp). 4, Vancouver, Rabbit 2 (Regner, Thelen), 18:53 (en). Shots on goal — Seattle 8-10-5 23. Vancouver 16-12-11 39. Goal — Seattle, Yeomans 38 shots-36 saves (5-3); Vancouver, Sexsmith 23-22 (5- 2). Power plays — Seattle 1-6; Vancouver 0-2. A — 7,008.