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.
Portland squeezes T-Birds 5-2
November 01, 2013 10:01 pm
KENT - The defending WHL Champion Portland Winterhawks skated into the ShoWare Center and made an early season statement by blitzing the T-Birds in the first ten minutes to win their 10th straight game. Portland buried Seattle early, scoring three goals, two by Brendan Leipsic and never looked back.
"We lost the game in the first ten minutes," Justin Hickman said. "They score three goals and its tough to recover after that. We weren't ready to start tonight and it ended up biting us."
The slow start for Seattle (11-4-0-2) is a bit surprising as they had been playing well, and playing with a bunch of confidence.
"We had guys not ready to play," Steve Konowalchuk said. "Not too many (players) in the first period were ready to play. We weren't physical, we weren't trying our game plan. I thought half the guys were able to snap themselves into it to give us a litte bit, but the other half couldn't get going."
The loss was the first in regulation on home ice for the T-Birds and their second straight lop sided loss to their I-5 rivals.
What's on tap for the T-Birds
October 31, 2013 7:17 pmThe Seattle Thunderbirds take on their two I-5 rivals this weekend in the young season's two biggest games to date.
T-Birds harvest 4-2 win against Wheat Kings
October 30, 2013 5:57 amThe Thunderbirds continued their dominance over Eastern Conference opponents Tuesday night as they dispatched of the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-2 at the ShoWare Center.
Mckechnie, Yakubowski open up about move to Seattle
October 29, 2013 11:43 amIt didn't take long for newly acquired left wing Jaimen Yakubowski to endear himself to Thunderbirds fans. Just 3 minutes and 37 seconds into the second period of Saturday night's 5-3 Seattle victory over Vancouver, Yakubowski exchanged blows with the Giants' Brooks Orban.
T-Birds three stars of the week
October 28, 2013 8:17 pm
It was another busy weekend for the Seattle Thunderbirds filled with a lot of noteworthy items. News broke late last week that the team made a block buster move to bring in Jaimen Yakubowski and Sam McKechnie from Lethbridge - a move which will make them one of the more deeper teams in the league.
We also saw the debut of Ryan Gropp and the team won a game and lost one in a shoot out.
Who was good this weekend? Here are our three stars of the week.
T-Birds hold off Vancouver 5-3
October 26, 2013 9:40 pm
KENT - The Seattle Thunderbirds returned home Saturday night and came away with a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Giants. Seattle got two goals from Seth Swenson and 41 saves from Justin Myles to hold off the Giants and pick up their tenth win of the season.
A night after dropping a game where they didn't play well the T-Birds were happy to bounce back.
"That (bouncing back) is huge," Seth Swenson said afterwards. "Those losses are going to happen, there's always going to be close games, its nice to have an answer after that one instead of dwelling on it."