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  • Thunderbirds nip Silvertips 3-2
    December 28, 2013 12:43 am

    EVERETT -- Friday night, in Everett, the Seattle Thunderbirds picked up where they left off before the holidays. Playing the first of two games against the Everett Silvertips, the T-Birds got a late second period goal by Sam McKechnie and relied on 36 saves from Justin Myles to steer home a 3-2 win against their rivals.

    It was Seattle's (22-10-1-3) 10th win in their last 11 games and was a big one with the clogged U.S. Division standings. Seattle played a strong opening period only to see the Silvertips control the second, and had to hold on in the third to secure the win.

    "There were parts I really liked about the game and then there were parts we've got to work on," Steve Konowalchuk said. "I thought in the first period we came out with the energy and passion that our team needs to play with and I think that probably ended up carrying us for the win."

  • Checking in with Russ Farwell as second half starts for T-Birds
    December 26, 2013 9:43 pm

    The Seattle Thunderbirds kick off the second half of the WHL season Friday night as they travel to Everett to play the Silvertips in the first of an important home-and-home series. For the T-Birds, they completed a streaky first half in which they fought through a six-game losing streak in November only to finish strong by winning nine of their last ten contests.

    Just prior to the end of the first half, general manger Russ Farwell sat down with us to talk about the season so far.

    "Its been very up and down and we're still feeling our way‚"¶although we've had a pretty good stretch, pretty consistent there, made us a little better," he said. "We've been a little hard to predict but we've seen some guys get steady and improve of late."

    Seattle has been up and down as mentioned but lately there has been signs that some of the key players on the team are starting to gel and play consistently.

  • Thunderbirds flying high into winter break
    December 19, 2013 4:31 pm
    With a win on Tuesday night over division rival Tri-City that improved their record to 21-10-1-3, the Thunderbirds capped off their best first half of the season since 2004-05, when they were 23-8-0-1 heading into the WHL's annual winter break.
  • Thunderbirds wrap up first half with win over Tri City
    December 18, 2013 9:31 am
    The Thunderbirds wrapped up the season's first half with a commanding 5-2 win against the Tri City Americans at the ShoWare Center on Tuesday night.
  • Thunderbirds' winning streak ends with loss to Portland
    December 15, 2013 8:16 am
    The Thunderbirds saw their eight-game win streak snapped Saturday night as they dropped a tough 5-3 decision to the Portland Winterhawks in front of 10,108 fans at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
  • T-Birds win 8th straight with comeback victory
    December 14, 2013 12:38 pm
    The Thunderbirds came from behind Friday night to beat defending WHL champion Portland 3-2 for thier eighth straight win.
  • T-Birds weekly wrapup: Seattle streaking
    December 12, 2013 10:37 am
    Another week of hockey for Seattle and another three wins. The Thunderbirds are the hottest team in the WHL now as they have won seven straight and they continue to climb up the Western Conference standings.
  • Thunderbirds beat Tri City for seventh straight win
    December 11, 2013 9:59 am
    The Seattle Thunderbirds continued their rampage through the U.S. Division Tuesday night and picked up their seventh straight win, beating the Tri City Americans 3-1 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
  • T-Birds sweep away Spokane 4-2
    December 07, 2013 9:28 pm

    Get out your brooms. The Thunderbirds completed their three game stretch against the Spokane Chiefs with a gritty 4-2 victory in front of 3,709 fans at the ShoWare Center Saturday night. Seattle has now won six straight games and three in a row against division rival Spokane.

    The T-Birds picked up some timely scoring and rode the shoulders of Danny Mumaugh who made 28 saves on the night to pick up his eighth win of the season.

    After two blow out wins over the Chiefs the T-Birds had to work harder in this one as Spokane hung around and made things difficult. Seattle took a first period lead just after a power play ended as Shea Theodore snuck a pass over to Alex Delnov who beat Eric Williams for his 15th goal of the season.

  • Thunderbirds return to Spokane and rout the Chiefs 7-3
    December 06, 2013 10:09 pm

    Its safe to say that the Spokane Chiefs don't want to see the Thunderbirds skate into the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena again any time soon. Seattle was there Friday night and for the second straight game ran away from the Chiefs -- this time by a 7-3 score. The T-Birds got a hat trick from Branden Troock, two goals from Justin Hickman and four assists from Shea Theodore to pick up their fifth straight win.

    After the T-Birds blew out Spokane (18-11-0-2) last Sunday you would expect the Chiefs to come out strong and that's what they did on Friday night. They pushed Seattle (17-9-1-3) early and picked up the game's first goal when Adam Helewka swept in a power play goal past Justin Myles.

    The T-Birds absorbed the early energy from Spokane and pushed back. Six minutes later Alex Delnov won a face off to Troock,who was left all alone in front of Chiefs' goalie Eric Williams. Williams, hung out to dry by his mates, had no shot and Troock beat him for his 11th goal of the year.

    The T-Birds carried the momentum of that goal for the rest of the period, and game

  • What's on tap for the Thunderbirds
    December 05, 2013 7:11 pm

    The Seattle Thunderbirds will begin this weekend of hockey action in the same place they left off last weekend, in Spokane. The T-Birds will play the Chiefs twice this coming week and are in a stretch that will see their next eight games all be within the U.S. Division.

    Needless to say, this is an important stretch.

    There was some T-Birds news this week as Wednesday it was announced that 17-year-old forward Michal Holub had left the team to return home to await a trade. Holub had appeared in 16 games for Seattle this season while registering one goal and two assists. In total he played 66 games over the past two seasons with the T-Birds but was finding that his ice time was hard to come by this year.

    With the addition of Calvin Spencer last week the T-Birds forward group became even more crowded so it makes sense that Holub would want to be somewhere that he could play more frequently. It will be interesting to see what Seattle can get for him in a trade.

    Here's what's on tap for the T-Birds this week.

  • T-Birds weekly wrap up
    December 02, 2013 9:48 pm

    The Thunderbirds just completed a perfect weekend. Playing three games in three nights is always a tough proposition but for the second time this season, Seattle flew through it with flying colors. Overall they've won four straight games and it is starting to feel like the six game losing streak earlier in November is just a distant memory.

    Let's take a look back at what we just saw and what is trending with the T-Birds.

    Playing at a high level

    The four game winning streak has been great for Seattle, but its not their longest of the season. Earlier in the year they won five straight games as they beat Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Kootenay, Kelowna and Tri City. This four game streak has been more impressive. Over these past four games they have outscored their opponents (Portland, Saskatoon, Victoria and Spokane) to a tune of 22-10 and only the game against Portland was really close. The previous streak included four one-goal games, two of which went into overtime. This past week and weekend was mostly dominant.

  • T-Birds blast Spokane to win fourth in a row
    December 01, 2013 9:08 pm

    It turns out three games in three nights were no sweat for the T-Birds. After two blow out home wins Seattle hit the road Sunday and scored the first five goals of the game to beat the Chiefs in Spokane 5-1. The T-Birds got goals from five different players, scored three times on the power play and Justin Myles made 28 saves for Seattle's fourth win in a row.

    Sunday's game was the first game against U.S. Division rivals Spokane, who started the night two points ahead of Seattle in the standings. Seattle started the game strong, collecting the first ten shots and putting the Chiefs on their heels early -- it set a tone for the rest of the night.

  • Thunderbirds flush Royals 6-3
    November 30, 2013 9:30 pm

    KENT -- The Seattle Thunderbirds have found their groove again. Saturday night they exploded for four goals over a five minute span in the second to blow open a tie game against the Victoria Royals and cruise to their third straight win. Seattle got solid performances up and down their lineup high-lighted by Branden Troock and Roberts Lipsbergs each picking up three points each.

    Seattle lit up a Victoria team that came into the game riding a five game win streak that saw them only surrender four goals over that span. The T-Birds also cashed in with two power play goals against the Royals league best penalty kill.

  • Thunderbirds slash Blades 6-2
    November 29, 2013 10:16 pm

    KENT -- The Thunderbirds welcomed in the Saskatoon Blades Friday night and uncerimonously dumped them by a 6-2 score in front of 3,221 fans at the ShoWare Center. Seattle was paced by Alex Delnov who had his best game of the season picking up two goals and three assists as the T-Birds turned this one into a laugher in the third period.

    The T-Birds also got goals from Ryan Gropp, Branden Troock and Ethan Bear along with 26 saves from Justin Myles in the win.

    Seattle (14-9-1-3) blew the game open with six goals in the final forty minutes to pick up their second straight win.

  • What's on tap for the T-Birds
    November 28, 2013 11:22 pm

    Now that all the Thanksgiving turkey and pie have been devoured its time for the Thunderbirds to get back to playing hockey. Seattle is coming off of a big overtime win against Portland last weekend and looking to ride that momentum into this weekend. The T-Birds have two home games this weekend and have a chance to pick up four more points in the standings.

    There was some T-Birds news on Thanksgiving as Twitter reports indicated that Minnesota high school player Calvin Spencer has signed with Seattle. Spencer, a 17-year-old forward, was playing with Champlin Park High School and is reportedly a big, physical player. With the holiday there was no official word from the team but an official announcement is expected Friday and we will update as word comes down.

    In the meantime, here is what's on tap for the T-Birds.

    Friday: Saskatoon Blades

  • Can T-Birds keep pace in crowded U.S. Division?
    November 27, 2013 9:49 am
    Of the five teams in the WHL's U.S. Division, each currently maintains a winning record. If the postseason were to begin today, all five clubs would find themselves contending for the Ed Chynoweth Cup. It is undoubtedly the toughest division in the entire league, with teams at the top who appear poised to make deep runs in the playoffs and others who can provide matchup problems for anyone.
  • T-Birds come back to beat Portland 5-4 in overtime
    November 23, 2013 11:02 pm

    KENT -- Mark this game down on your calendar, or somewhere where you will remember it. Seattle played one of their strongest games of the season to beat the Portland Winterhawks 5-4 in overtime Saturday night in front of 4,622 fans at the ShoWare Center. Alex Delnov beat Brendan Burke 4:19 into the extra frame to send Seattle to the win.

    Seattle got a big night from their captain Justin Hickman who scored two big goals, including a late game tying goal.

    This one looked like it might lead to more grief after the Winterhawks stormed back in the third period to erase a two goal lead and pull ahead by one in the third. With six minutes left the T-Birds called timeout to regain their composure and get their game going again.

  • Giants topple Thunderbirds 6-3
    November 22, 2013 11:30 pm

    Just when it looked the the Thunderbirds had found their competitive path again they took a step back Friday night at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. The Vancouver Giants erupted for four goals in the second period to break open a tie game and never looked back on their way to a 6-3 laugher. Vancouver got goals from six different players and picked up 24 saves from Jared Rathjen in the win.

    "It started off OK, we got the first goal," head coach Steve Konowalchuk said. "I thought we started a little tentative and then we kind of started backing off and we didn't have the jump we needed tonight."

    That first goal made it feel like perhaps Seattle would be in for a good night. The goal came two and a half minutes into the period when Jared Hauf floated a wrist shot from the blue line that beat Rathjen. The Giants did manage to came back and tied the game on a Rob Trzonkowski deflection sending the two teams to the dressing room tied at one.

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