Seattle got off to a 3-1 start to the WHL season (photo Seattle Thunderbirds)
By Andrew Eide
What a crazy opening week for the Seattle Thunderbirds. They streaked out to three straight wins, two of them in dramatic shoot out fashion, before laying an egg in Portland on Saturday night. Despite the slip up in the last game there were some stand out performances in the first week of the season for the T-Birds.
So, without further adieu here are our T-Birds three stars of the week.
Third Star: Connor Honey
Honey has started the season strong again as he has scored twice and has four points. He is playing hard, playing physical and has helped spark the T-Birds top line which has been the catalyst for Seattle so far. Honey is coming off of his best season and so far looks like he may surpass the numbers he put up last year.
Second Star: Alexander Delnov
Delnov is the early team leader in scoring as he has already potted four goals to start the year. Delnov came back to Seattle after a break out rookie campaign last year. He looks like he could be in for a real break out year with the T-Birds this year. He is back playing center on the top line and with the chemistry those three players have shown so far this season the sky may be the limit for Delnov.
First Star: Brandon Troock
Troock came into the season with a lot of questions. Was his shoulder healthy? Would it affect how he plays? So far there seems to be no ill effects of his injuries from last year. He is playing fast, strong and physical and had three goals this last week. Beyond that his strong play seemed to get the team going in the first three games. He jumped into a fight in Vancouver on Wednesday to stick up for a teammate who had been treated roughly by one of the Giants' players. For his all around fine play Troock gets our kick off first star of the week.
Justin Myles had a good start to the season, winning both of his starts for the week. Both of those games went to the shoot out where Myles stood tall. In the opener against Portland he held the high powered Winterhawks to three goals and then stoned two of their three shooters. Friday night he stared down the league's best goalie in Eric Comrie in the shoot out by not allowing a goal in five attempts.
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