VANCOUVER - Bud Holloway and Ian McKenzie scored two goals apiece as the Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Vancouver Giants 5-2 in WHL action Friday night.
The Giants led 1-0 after the first period and the score was tied 2-2 after 40 minutes. But Holloway and McKenzie secured the win with third-period goals before Prab Rai added an empty-netter with 1:08 left in the game.
The Thunderbirds improved to 39-21-5-2.
Holloway now has 30 points in the past 20 games. Seattle went three-for-six on the power play while Vancouver was one-for-six. The Giants outshot the Thunderbirds 30-24.
Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Chris Cloud tallied for the Giants (45-15-2-6), before a disappointed crowd of 12,751 at the Pacific Coliseum.
Pierro-Zabotel gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead on a power play at 17:50 of the first period. He gloved down a high rebound off the end glass and put a shot from the slot behind Seattle goaltender Riku Helenius.
McKenzie created a 1-1 tie on a power play at 12:20 of the second period by firing a shot high over the Vancouver goaltender Tyson Sexsmith's catching glove. The goal came as the Giants were killing the second of two penalties taken one minute and 42 seconds apart.
Holloway put Seattle ahead 2-1 with a controversial power play goal at 17:39. The Giants argued that he knocked the puck in with a high-stick, but the referees allowed the goal to stand.
Cloud tied it at two with only five seconds left in the middle frame as he put home a backhand during a scramble in front of the Seattle net.
Seattle regained the lead for good on Holloway's second goal of the night at 9:47 of the third period. He fired Rai's centering pass over a fallen Sexsmith.
The game was the 500th regular-season contest in Vancouver's history. The Giants saluted anthem singer Richard Loney, who has been singing before hockey games since the Vancouver Canucks entered the NHL in 1970.
Loney received a Giants jersey bearing his name and a musical note on the back from Giants owner Ron Toigo. The singer has also performed at the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series and international tournaments, including the 2006 World Junior Championships.