10 T-Birds storylines to ring in the 2014-15 season
Tim Pigulski | September 15, 2014 10:51 amHere's a look at the 10 most pressing questions facing the Thunderbirds heading into the 2014-15 season.
T-Birds end preseason with another 4-1 loss to Everett
September 14, 2014 6:26 am
EVERETT -- After dropping a frustrating game on Friday night the Seattle Thunderbirds turned in a similar performance Saturday night to finish up their preseason schedule.
The Everett Silvertips beat the T-Birds 4-1 at the ShoWare Center Saturday, holding Seattle to one goal and only two third period shots. Everett was led by Tyler Sandhu and Carson Stadnyk who each had a goal and an assist to help build the Silvertips lead. Seattle's lone goal came from Keegan Kolesar as once again they could not generate consistent offense.
In many ways, the game was a carbon copy of the night before.
Everett claws out a 4-1 victory over T-Birds
September 13, 2014 6:20 am
EVERETT -- With just one game left in the preseason the Seattle Thunderbirds still have a few kinks to work out of their game.
Friday night Seattle dropped a 4-1 tilt with the Everett Silvertips at the Xfinity Arena in Everett. The Silvertips were paced by goalie Carter Hart's 29 saves and two points from Brayden Low. Ryan Gropp picked up the lone goal for the T-Birds who now have lost two straight preseason match-ups with Everett. Both clubs will wrap up their preseason schedule Saturday night at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
This game was a confusing one for Seattle as they controlled the play for much of the first half of it, only to find themselves behind.
"I liked some of our game," head coach Steve Konowalchuk said after. "But a couple of big break downs, didn't clear the puck on the penalty kill, those kinds of things we've got to stop and get better at. There were some things I liked but we've got to be better."
T-Birds figure to be well represented in 2015 NHL Draft
Tim Pigulski | September 12, 2014 3:53 pmThe 2015 NHL Entry Draft will represent the culmination of 17 years of hard work for athletes from all over the world who were born in 1997 or late-1996. The 2014-15 season will serve as the final audition for those players who, as juniors in high school, will be critiqued on a nightly basis to determine how they'll fit with an NHL club.
T-Birds news and notes: Playing 200 feet and secondary scoring
Andy Eide | September 09, 2014 8:17 pmThe Thunderbirds are just under two weeks away from opening the 2014-2015 season when they head to Portland on Sept. 19.
T-Birds blanked by Spokane 1-0
Andy Eide | September 01, 2014 5:13 amThe Thunderbirds finished the Everett Silvertips Preseason Holiday Classic Sunday by giving up too many shots and taking too many penalties and lost their first game of the preseason.
T-Birds make it two in a row with overtime win against Victoria
Andy Eide | August 31, 2014 6:02 amThe Thunderbirds found a way to make Saturday's preseason game with the Victoria Royals more dramatic than it should have been.
T-Birds open preseason with 4-0 shutout of Tri City
Andy Eide | August 29, 2014 5:44 pmAfter a week of training camp where they only got to play against teammates, the Thunderbirds finally took on a different opponent Friday at Comcast Arena in Everett.
Thunderbirds preseason preview: What to watch for
Tim Pigulski | August 28, 2014 12:56 pmTraining camp is in the books for the Thunderbirds, and while some questions were answered, it seems like even more emerged. The roster has been trimmed for the preseason, which begins on Friday, although an exact list of names has yet to be made public.
T-Birds end training camp with annual Blue-White game
Andy Eide | August 26, 2014 5:25 amAfter four days of scrimmages and practices the T-Birds played a full game Monday afternoon. The annual Blue-White game ended with a 4-2 win for Blue behind four different goal scorers. Captain Justin Hickman potted two goals for the White squad.
T-Birds training camp Day 4: Euros take center stage
Andy Eide | August 25, 2014 5:45 amThe Thunderbirds had a full day of work Sunday for the last day of the full training camp. There were scrimmage sessions in the morning and afternoon. Monday night the roster will be paired down and the team will play it's annual Blue-White game featuring regular timing and game uniforms.
T-Birds training camp Day 3 recap: Barzal and Kolesar shine
August 24, 2014 5:11 am
The Thunderbirds had a slightly lighter third day of training camp Saturday with three scrimmages in the afternoon. These scrimmages featured the returning players along with some select rookies and draft picks.
The three games were competitive with two being decided with a shoot out. These shoot outs weren't taken as seriously as they might in the regular season as the Blue team sent out defensemen Jerret Smith and Jared Hauf as shooters. Neither player were able to convert.
Here are the noteworthy events from Saturday.
T-Birds training camp Day 2 recap: Rookies Elder and Volcan look ready
Andy Eide | August 23, 2014 6:14 amThe Thunderbirds hit the ice Friday for the second day of training camp and followed the same schedule as Thursday. The 15- and 16-year-old prospects played a couple of scrimmages and the returning players hit the ice for two practices.
T-Birds training camp: Day-1 recap
Andy Eide | August 22, 2014 4:44 amThe Thunderbirds opened training camp Thursday with a full day of activities. There were two scrimmages between teams made up of the club's 15- and 16-year-old prospects sandwiched around the veteran players' on-ice fitness testing and practice.
Thunderbirds Twitter mailbag: Training-camp edition
Andy Eide | August 18, 2014 5:58 amBelieve it or not, hockey is back. Well, it's back this Thursday as the Seattle Thunderbirds open their training camp for the 2014-15 season. We took to the Twitter machine to solicit questions from T-Birds fans to answer before training camp starts.
T-Birds deal Yakubowski to Moose Jaw for 2016 third-round pick
Tim Pigulski | August 13, 2014 12:06 pmThe Thunderbirds announced Wednesday morning that they have agreed to a deal to send 20-year-old forward Jaimen Yakubowski to the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for a 2016 third-round draft pick.
How will the T-Birds put their forward lines together?
Andy Eide | August 12, 2014 9:29 pmAbout half way through last year's WHL campaign, Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk matched up Mathew Barzal, Justin Hickman and Ryan Gropp on a line together. Almost immediately the trio meshed and became Seattle's top offensive line down the stretch.
US Division will look much different in 2014-15
Tim Pigulski | July 16, 2014 3:17 pmThe Thunderbirds won't be the only team forced to make wholesale changes, as each of the division's other four clubs will need to answer some questions and replace star players -- and in some cases, coaches -- to maintain their stature.
Khaira brings size, youth to T-Birds' blue line
Tim Pigulski | July 09, 2014 10:52 amSahvan Khaira fell to the ninth round of WHL Draft because of his uncertainty about playing in the league, but the 16-year-old defenseman is looking like a steal for Seattle.
Thunderbirds bolster offense in import draft
Tim Pigulski | July 02, 2014 7:29 pmThe Thunderbirds took a big step in bolstering their offense during Wednesday's Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, drafting Denmark's Alexander True in the first round and using their second-round choice on Austria's Florian Baltram.