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  • Playoffs are both beginning and end for T-Birds like Wardley, Volcan
    Andy Eide | March 26, 2015 6:25 am
    When the Thunderbirds began the 2014-2015 season they did so with one of the youngest clubs in the WHL. Over the course of the season, 11 rookies would make their WHL debuts and while green at the beginning, they got stronger as the season wore on.

  • The Winterhawks are ready for a tough series with T-Birds
    Andy Eide | March 24, 2015 10:25 pm
    It's often said that a playoff series breeds intense rivalries. When the Portland Winterhawks and Seattle Thunderbirds kick off their first-round, best-of-seven playoff series on Saturday, the intensity will already be there.
  • Konowalchuk on the Seattle-Portland playoff series
    Tim Pigulski | March 24, 2015 10:26 am
    For the second year in a row, Seattle will open the playoffs with a rivalry matchup, this time against a Portland Winterhawks team that finished second in the U.S. Division and third in the Western Conference.
  • Five keys to a Thunderbirds' playoff victory over Portland
    Tim Pigulski | March 23, 2015 1:39 pm
    With the Thunderbirds set to meet rival Portland in a best-of-seven WHL playoff series, we break down the five keys for a Seattle victory.
  • How the 2014-15 T-Birds were built: The 2012 Bantam Draft
    Tim Pigulski | March 23, 2015 12:03 pm
    In the fifth part of a series looking at how the current Thunderbirds roster has taken shape, we focus on the 2012 Bantam Draft, where Seattle brought in Mathew Barzal with the first overall pick.
  • T-Birds take out Portland 6-3 to set up playoff clash
    Andy Eide | March 22, 2015 7:15 am
    Like they did opening night, the Thunderbirds turned away the Portland Winterhawks Saturday night, this time by a 6-3 final score in front of a sold out ShoWare Center
  • Ryan Gropp leads T-Birds to a 7-2 sacking of Spokane
    March 21, 2015 7:09 am

    Gropp scored four times as Seattle exploded for five goals in the third period on their way to a convincing 7-2 rout of the Chiefs at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. His linemate Mathew Barzal picked up three assists on the night as the T-Birds won their season series with the Chiefs seven games to three.

  • Thunderbirds edge out Kelowna 3-2 in overtime
    Andy Eide | March 18, 2015 10:04 pm
    The T-Birds showed little effect from the overnight travel Wednesday evening and beat the Rockets 3-2 in overtime.
  • Thunderbirds dump Tri City in 7-3 win
    Andy Eide | March 18, 2015 5:35 am
    Seattle blew a tie game open with four third period goals and went on to rout the struggling Tri City Americans 7-3 on Tuesday night.
  • How the 2014-15 T-Birds were built: The 2011 Bantam Draft
    Tim Pigulski | March 17, 2015 11:06 am
    In the fourth part of a series looking at how the current Thunderbirds roster has taken shape, we focus on the 2011 Bantam Draft, which included the selection of highly-touted wing Ryan Gropp.
  • Silvertips blitz T-Birds early, go on to win 3-1
    Andy Eide | March 15, 2015 9:56 am
    The Everett Silvertips opened the game with 20 straight shots, got goals from three different scorers and 19 saves by goalie Carter Hart to beat the Thunderbirds 3-1.
  • T-Birds hold off Silvertips for 3-2 shootout win
    Andy Eide | March 14, 2015 7:14 am

    For the 12th time in their last 18 meetings, the Thunderbirds and Silvertips played a one-goal game, with Seattle getting the win 3-2 in a shootout.

  • How the 2014-15 T-Birds were built: The 2010 Import Draft
    Tim Pigulski | March 13, 2015 12:36 pm
    In the third part of a series looking at how the current Thunderbirds roster has taken shape, we focus on the 2010 Import Draft, where Seattle found a couple of trade pieces it turned into valuable members of the 2014-15 squad.
  • T-Birds defenseman Jerret Smith is more than just 'Steady Eddie'
    Andy Eide | March 12, 2015 9:20 pm
    Steady Eddie is the phrase Seattle Thunderbirds head coach Steve Konowalchuk often uses when praising the play of defenseman Jerret Smith, meaning Smith is reliable on the ice.
  • How the 2014-15 T-Birds were built: The 2010 Bantam Draft
    Tim Pigulski | March 09, 2015 12:16 pm
    In the second part of a series looking at how the current Thunderbirds roster has taken shape, we focus on the 2010 Bantam Draft, which brought star defenseman Shea Theodore to the team.
  • Thunderbirds bounce back to beat Kamloops Blazers 3-1
    Andy Eide | March 08, 2015 6:01 am
    The Seattle Thunderbirds had to work hard to bounce back from an ugly loss the night before, grinding out a tough 3-1 win over Kamloops.
  • T-Birds routed by Bjorkstrand and Winterhawks, 7-1
    Andy Eide | March 07, 2015 5:57 am
    Oliver Bjorkstrand scored four goals to lead the Portland Winterhawks to a 7-1 rout of the Thunderbirds at Portland's Moda Center on Friday night.
  • Former T-Bird Hickman inks deal with NHL's Boston Bruins
    Tim Pigulski | March 05, 2015 12:09 pm
    The National Hockey League's Boston Bruins announced today that they have signed former Thunderbirds forward Justin Hickman to an entry-level contract.
  • Thunderbirds halt skid with 4-1 win at Victoria
    Andy Eide | March 04, 2015 5:36 am
    A night after coming into the game in relief, Thunderbirds goalie Taran Kozun started the game Tuesday against Victoria and played excellent.
  • T-Birds come back but lose to Royals 3-2 in shootout
    Andy Eide | March 02, 2015 9:51 pm
    The Thunderbirds were on Vancouver Island Monday night and were beaten by the Victoria Royals in a shootout at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena. While that is Seattle's fourth straight loss, there was a lot to like in this game.
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