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  • Thunderbirds off to best second-half start in 14 years
    Tim Pigulski | January 02, 2015 11:51 am
    On 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 am
    Playing 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 am
    In 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 am
    Seattle 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 am
    The 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 am
    Though 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 pm
    In 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 pm
    With 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 am
    There 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 pm
    Seattle'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.
  • T-Birds wear down Chiefs in 4-1 win
    Andy Eide | December 07, 2014 9:54 pm
    The Thunderbirds hopped on a bus Sunday and headed across the state to play a big division game against the Spokane Chiefs. Both clubs were playing their third game in as many nights but it was the T-Birds that had the fresher legs and got the win.
  • Tigers beat Thunderbirds 5-3
    Andy Eide | December 07, 2014 6:09 am
    The Thunderbirds ice one of the WHL's youngest rosters and when matched up against an older club like they were Saturday night, the little things can make a difference.
  • Thunderbirds shut down Americans in 3-1 win
    Andy Eide | December 06, 2014 1:01 am
    Seattle beat the Tri City Americans 3-1 by playing a strong and suffocating defense along with some timely scoring.
  • Turner Ottenbreit working his way into T-Birds' long term plans
    Tim Pigulski | December 05, 2014 12:53 pm
    The Thunderbirds didn't know much about defenseman Turner Ottenbreit when they acquired him via trade, but he's proven to be an integral piece of the puzzle this season.
  • T-Birds' roster likely to thin even more for World Junior tournaments
    Tim Pigulski | December 02, 2014 11:00 am
    Seattle has been missing key contributors for each of its 27 games so far this season, and it's likely that the World Junior Championships will thin the roster even more.
  • T-Birds power past Chiefs 4-1
    Andy Eide | November 30, 2014 10:14 pm
    Coming off of a lackluster loss, the Thunderbirds were looking to play with more energy and emotion Sunday night against Spokane. Despite playing their third game in three nights they were able to get up for a big divisional game and pick up their second win in three games.
  • Kootenay puts T-Birds on Ice with 5-2 win
    Andy Eide | November 30, 2014 6:50 am
    A night after ending a four-game losing streak the Thunderbirds turned as cold as the weather, losing 5-2 to the visiting Kootenay Ice.
  • T-Birds snap losing streak with 3-2 win in Everett
    Andy Eide | November 29, 2014 12:48 am
    The Thunderbirds held on to beat the Everett Silvertips 3-2 at the XFINITY Arena to snap a frustrating four-game losing streak.
  • Everett extends T-Birds' losing streak to four
    Andy Eide | November 23, 2014 6:21 am
    The Thunderbirds are getting pretty good at playing in one-goal games. Unfortunately for them, they're coming up on the wrong end of the majority of those games.