T-Birds prepping for future and present with Spencer
December 04, 2013 9:54 am
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 amOf 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.
T-Birds goalie Danny Mumaugh is coming into his own
November 21, 2013 10:06 pmOne of the biggest moments of the Thunderbirds season to date happened in Cranbrook, B.C. on October 6th, and 17-year-old goalie Danny Mumaugh was right in the center of it.
Rockets edge Thunderbirds in 4-3 shoot out
November 19, 2013 10:06 pm
KENT -- It seems that the Thunderbirds and Kelowna Rockets have continued their epic playoff series from last season. Tuesday night the two teams played their sixth overtime affair in their last eight meetings as the Rockets won 4-3 in a shoot out. Tyson Baillie converted on his shoot out attempt to propel the Rockets to their ninth straight victory. Seattle got another outstanding outing by goalie Danny Mumaugh who made 47 saves in the defeat.
"Those shoot outs are fun when you win, they're sure not fun when you have to lose them that way, but the guys battled hard," coach Steve Konowalchuk said. "It was a good hockey game. I thought both teams played hard, they brought their 'A' game and we played a good game as well and its unfortunate that you have to lose in a shoot out."
Thunderbirds overthrow Royals 3-1
November 16, 2013 9:27 pm
The Thunderbirds found their winning formula Saturday night and beat the Victoria Royals 3-1 to end their six game losing streak. Seattle got another excellent outing by goalie Danny Mumaugh who made 24 saves along with goals from Justin Hickman, Jaimen Yakubowski and Roberts Lipsbergs in the win.
Seattle broke a one-one tie in the second period when Branden Troock stole a puck in the Royals zone and fed it to Yakubowski in the slot. Yakubowski buried it for his second goal as a T-Bird giving Seattle a lead they would not relinquish.
After a couple of weeks where the team looked defeated they end up with picking up three points on the weekend.
Royals clip Thunderbirds 2-1 in overtime
November 15, 2013 9:33 pm
Seattle saw their losing streak grow to six straight Friday night after dropping a 2-1 overtime struggle against the Victoria Royals at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria. The Royals got the winner 52 seconds into the overtime period as Logan Nelson snapped home a shot from the slot to beat a game Danny Mumaugh.
Seattle gets a much needed point in the standings but in the end, still came up short.
"It was in some ways (a better effort)," coach Steve Konowalchuk said. "We had a better conscious effort on getting the third guy and limiting their offense but we're still soft on the puck. We've got guys that still need to be hard on the puck."
What's on tap for the T-Birds
November 14, 2013 9:58 pm
There is not beating around the bush when it comes to the current state of the Thunderbirds. They are in a slump. They have lost five straight games and were not competitive in four of those as they have been heavily out scored. They have a chance to right the ship this week and get back on the right side of the ledger as they play three games in the B.C. Division.
One good news item for Seattle is that they will get Evan Wardley back this weekend as he has served his full suspension for his hit on Portland's Adam De Champlain. He will be welcome as Seattle's defense has struggled lately -- giving up 30 goals during the losing streak.
Here's what the T-Birds have on tap this week.
Thunderbirds reeling after five straight losses
November 14, 2013 11:10 amThis probably isn't what Russ Farwell had in mind when he convinced Ryan Gropp to commit to Seattle and traded for 19-year-old forwards Jaimen Yakubowski and Sam McKechnie.
Portland routs slumping Thunderbirds 10-2
November 12, 2013 9:26 pm
The Thunderbirds malaise continued Tuesday night as they traveled to Portland and were soundly beaten 10-2 by the Winterhawks. Portland got a hat trick from Paul Bittner as they handed Seattle a fifth straight loss. Seattle was not in this game from the beginning and is reeling in many ways. The T-Birds got goals from Shea Theodore and Justin Hickman.
It's the second time this season the T-Birds have surrendered 10 goals to Portland and they have been outscored 30-10 in their last five games overall -- all losses. There have not been a lot of answers during this streak as the team suddenly appears to have no confidence or compete in their game -- something that they had plenty of earlier in the season.
Wednesday night, head coach Steve Konowalchuk deployed new line combinations to try and find a spark however none of them were able to generate scoring chances.
Regina sends Thunderbirds to fourth straight loss
November 09, 2013 9:31 pmThe Seattle Thunderbirds are in a slump. A night after playing well and losing, the T-Birds played poorly and lost their fourth straight game.
T-Birds do everything but beat Royals in 5-3 loss
November 08, 2013 9:59 pm
KENT - Sometimes the game of hockey makes no sense. The Seattle Thunderbirds lost to the Victoria Royals Friday night 5-3 despite dominating the game from start to finish. Victoria got two goals from Brandon Fushimi and Brandon Magee in coming away with a most unlikely win.
After a weekend where the T-Birds played about as poorly as they could Seattle (11-6-0-2) seemingly did everything right Friday.
They controlled the puck, they played their game, they generated more scoring chances than can be counted, they out shot the Royals 46-20 on the night. They did everything but win.
T-Birds news and notes
November 06, 2013 8:05 pm
The T-Birds are coming off a weekend that was frustrating and ultimately disappointing. Losing two games is one thing, but to lose them in the fashion Seattle did is another. The team was back at practice all week trying to overcome the issues that tripped them up before another weekend with two back-to-back games.
Before we get into the upcoming games here is the latest from the team and the league.
Everett blanks listless T-Birds 5-0
November 02, 2013 9:12 pm
EVERETT -- A night after playing poorly and losing soundly to Portland the Seattle Thunderbirds played another poor game in losing to the Everett Silvertips 5-0. As bad as Friday's loss was, this might have been worse. Everett was led by Josh Winquist who picked up two goals and a stingy defense that held Seattle to only 16 shots on goal.
"Obviously a disappointing game," Steve Konowalchuk said afterwards. "We don't have the whole team competing right now. I think probably the same handful competed last night that competed tonight. The other same handful it seems right now (aren't)."
The loss culminated a disappointing weekend for Seattle (11-5-0-2) who had hoped to make a statement against two tough division rivals. Instead they are left asking a lot of questions.