T-Birds playing their best hockey on the cusp of Barzal's return
Tim Pigulski | January 14, 2015 11:46 amThe Thunderbirds had to learn how to play without forward Mathew Barzal, but now that he's on the verge of returning from a broken knee, they're in great shape to move up the WHL standings.
T-Birds rally for shootout win over Spokane
Andy Eide | January 14, 2015 4:55 amThe Thunderbirds needed to work extra time Tuesday night to beat a tough Spokane Chiefs team at the ShoWare Center.
T-Birds bounce back to double up Americans 4-2
Andy Eide | January 12, 2015 5:14 amSunday afternoon, Thunderbirds defenseman Shea Theodore was sporting a new look for his first home game since rejoining the club.
T-Birds kick away late lead to lose 4-3 in Tri City
January 09, 2015 9:56 pm
The Thunderbirds played 58 great minutes of hockey Friday night in Kennewick against the Tri City Americans. Unfortunately for them, hockey games are 60 minutes affairs.
With a commanding 3-1 lead heading down the stretch the T-Birds gave up two late goals and would lose 4-3 in the shoot out. Richard Nejezchleb and Brian Williams picked up the late tallies for the Americans and Nejezchleb's shoot-out conversion was enough for the improbable come back.
"It was definitely a game I thought in the third period we were in control of," head coach Steve Konowalchuk said afterwards. "A couple big mistakes there to let them win the game."
T-Birds acquire Cory Millette from Prince Albert
Andy Eide | January 08, 2015 2:16 pmWith the WHL trade deadline approaching, the Thunderbirds made a move Thursday afternoon in picking up 19-year-old forward Cory Millette from the Prince Albert Raiders.
T-Birds Notebook: Golden bird, a win streak and the trade deadline
Andy Eide | January 06, 2015 9:53 pmA day after the Seattle Thunderbirds had their six-game win streak snapped in Portland, everything broke loose on Monday afternoon as the T-Birds experienced both the highs and lows that sports can offer you.
Lipsbergs back with T-Birds; Baltram released; Hickman done for season
Tim Pigulski | January 05, 2015 3:27 pmIn a surprising series of moves Monday afternoon, the Thunderbirds announced that Latvian import forward Roberts Lipsbergs -- who spent the last two seasons with the team and was most recently with the ECHL's Stockton Thunder -- will be returning to Seattle.
T-Birds' win streak ends at six with 4-0 loss in Portland
Tim Pigulski | January 04, 2015 9:26 pmWith a six-game winning streak on the line, the Thunderbirds were unable to generate any offense, falling 4-0 to the Winterhawks Sunday evening at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore.
T-Birds make it six in a row with 3-2 shootout win over Tri City
Andy Eide | January 03, 2015 1:33 amThe Thunderbirds found a way to grind out their sixth win in a row Friday night, putting in extra time for a 3-2 victory over the Tri City Americans.
Thunderbirds off to best second-half start in 14 years
Tim Pigulski | January 02, 2015 11:51 amOn Christmas Eve, Seattle's Taran Kozun was straightforward about the importance of the games immediately following the WHL's holiday break. "The games right after the break will probably decide what we do," said the 20-year-old goaltender just one week ago in regards to whether Seattle would be buyers or sellers at the league's Jan. 10 trade deadline.
T-Birds clamp down on Winterhawks for fifth straight win
Andy Eide | January 01, 2015 1:44 amPlaying short-handed again on New Year's Eve, the Thunderbirds extended their win streak to five with a 2-1 win against the Winterhawks in Portland.
T-Birds win fourth straight with 4-2 win over Everett
Andy Eide | December 31, 2014 5:31 amIn only his sixth start of the year, Danny Mumaugh made 28 saves in goal to help the T-Birds in a 4-2 victory over the U.S. Division-leading Everett Silvertips.
T-Birds topple Vancouver Giants in Sunday matinee
Andy Eide | December 29, 2014 5:02 amSeattle goalie Taran Kozun was the player of the game as he made 33 saves to pace the Thunderbirds to a 3-2 afternoon victory over Vancouver.
Thunderbirds hold off Winterhawks in 4-3 win
Andy Eide | December 28, 2014 6:12 amThe World Junior Hockey Championships robbed Saturday's game between the Thunderbirds and Winterhawks of some serious star power. But that didn't stop the two rivals from turning in an exciting back-and-forth game to kick off the second half.
T-Birds general manager Russ Farwell optimistic about second half
Andy Eide | December 27, 2014 11:18 amThough the Thunderbirds' were just under .500 after the first half of the season, general manager Russ Farwell feels good about the position they're in considering they've been without two of their best players.
Taran Kozun establishing himself as one of league's top goalies
Tim Pigulski | December 26, 2014 4:28 pmIn his final WHL season, Taran Kozun is having a year to remember. The 20-year-old netminder currently ranks first in the league with a 2.24 goals-against average and is tied for fourth with a .917 save percentage.
T-Birds upend Royals 5-4 to end first half of season
Andy Eide | December 16, 2014 11:52 pmWith just under 4 minutes to go in the game, it was looking bleak for the Thunderbirds. They had allowed the Victoria Royals to score four unanswered goals, erasing a 3-0 lead, and were face-to-face with another frustrating loss.
Portland squeaks by T-Birds 2-1
Andy Eide | December 14, 2014 6:13 amThere are many levels of frustration in life and in sports. The Thunderbirds know this all too well as they have suffered some frustrating losses during the first half of the WHL season.
T-Birds blanked by Americans 4-0
December 12, 2014 11:11 pm
Most nights the game of hockey is decided after 60 hard-fought minutes of tough checking and tense moments. Other nights, it only takes 37 seconds to decide the outcome.
It was the latter Friday night for the Thunderbirds as they dropped a listless 4-0 decision to the Tri City Americans at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
It started with a slashing call on Calvin Spencer, just under six minutes into the game. A few moments later Jerret Smith got his stick up on an Americans player that drew blood. That resulted in a four-minute double minor and gave Tri City (17-13-0-1) a lengthy 1:37 of a five-on-three advantage.
Shea Theodore looking for Canadian gold
Andy Eide | December 08, 2014 8:17 pmSeattle's 4-1 win over Spokane Sunday night was most likely the last time the T-Birds will see defenseman Shea Theodore for the rest of the year.