T-Birds goalie Brandon Glover didn't have an easy weekend, facing 14 opposing power plays. (Brian Liesse, Seattle Thunderbirds)
By Tim Pigulski
After a disappointing weekend that saw the Thunderbirds drop two games to teams below them in the standings and muster only three goals, selecting three standout players is no easy task.
But alas, the show must go on. Below are three players that, despite lackluster performances from the team as a whole, were able to provide some hope.
Number one star: Brandon Glover
In two games, Glover saw 59 shots and made 53 saves. His .898 save percentage over the weekend is certainly nothing to gawk at, but Glover was able to keep the Thunderbirds in both games, especially against Vancouver.
It wasn't an easy weekend for the 20-year-old netminder, who was in goal for 14 opposing power plays in just two games. The only even strength goal allowed by Glover all weekend was the game winner in overtime to the Everett Silvertips' Mirco Mueller. Other than that, he gave up five goals with his team down one or multiple skaters.
He also made some very impressive saves in each game, most notably stretching his left pad out to rob Vancouver's Cain Franson on a wraparound attempt Sunday afternoon.
Number two star: Shea Theodore
This is where it gets tough to decide who deserves to be recognized here. Theodore had a goal against Everett and an assist versus Vancouver, but also struggled with turnovers in his own zone. He is, however, one of the few players on the team who managed to stay out of the penalty box this weekend. Considering how many penalties the team took and how many power play goals they surrendered, Theodore did a good job of not wearing out his penalty killers.
It's also worth noting that the 17-year-old defenseman was listed as a first-rounder in three different mock drafts on NHL.com and it looks like he'll be picked towards the middle to end of the first round. If he is selected in the first 30 picks, he would be the Thunderbirds' first first-round pick since Thomas Hickey was selected by the Los Angeles Kings fourth overall in 2007.
Number three star: Alex Delnov
Like Theodore, Delnov was able to average a point per game over the weekend, with one assist against the 'Tips and a power play goal against the Giants. His two tripping penalties, including one versus Everett that led to their second goal, came at bad times, but the Russian import was one of few players who were able to generate any offense over the ugly weekend.
In a weekend where Seattle had a chance to create some separation in the standings between them and eighth place Everett, the Thunderbirds faltered and now have five consecutive games against some of the top teams in the league - two against Tri-City and one each against Edmonton, Kelowna, and Spokane.
In order to remain ahead of the Silvertips in the standings, who they lead by only one point, Seattle will have to exceed expectations and grab a few points against the league's elite.
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