T-Birds make two deals at Friday deadline
January 10, 2014 4:02 pmThe Seattle Thunderbirds pulled off a couple of big acquisitions before the WHL's trade deadline passed at the end of the week.
Thunderbirds acquire Russell Maxwell from Lethbridge
January 09, 2014 12:19 pmWith the WHL trade deadline 24 hours away, the Seattle Thunderbirds completed a trade Thursday afternoon that will land them Russell Maxwell from the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
T-Birds slide past Cougars 2-1 in a shoot out
January 08, 2014 9:30 pm
A night after combining for 16 goals certainly there would be another goal fest between Seattle and Prince George on Wednesday right?
Not quite. The T-Birds out lasted the Prince George Cougars in a tight checking, low-scoring 2-1 affair that required an overtime and shoot out to determine the winner. Sam McKechnie was the only skater to score in a shoot out that had to go to four shooters to get a decison.
After losing five straight games the T-Birds now have won two in a row and finally get to return home after one of the most grueling road trips in recent memory. A night after everybody scored, suddenly nobody could.
T-Birds end losing streak with wild 9-7 win at Prince George
January 07, 2014 9:38 pm
When you're in the midst of a frustrating losing streak, finding a way to win seems nearly impossible. It wasn't easy but the T-Birds found a way to win Tuesday night as they held on to beat the Prince George Cougars 9-7 at the CN Centre.
Seattle was paced by the first career hat trick from Ryan Gropp and rookie goalie Logan Flodell hung on for his first career win by making 21 saves. The win ends their five-game losing streak.
"You know, sometimes you just have to find a way to get a win and that's what we did," Steve Konowalchuk said. "We found a way to get a win and both teams are looking at some mistakes they made and will want to correct them. A win is a win in the situation where we've been coming from and we'll get some traction here and congratulations to the young goalie."
In the end, those 21 saves were just enough as the T-Birds built a seemingly insurmountable 7-3 lead in the third period only to see the Cougars storm back to within a goal. When Adam Henry scored on a one-timer early in the third period for Seattle's seventh goal it looked like the T-Birds were going to be able to coast into snapping their streak.
Hitmen take out T-Birds 10-2
January 05, 2014 6:29 pm
The T-Birds nightmarish road trip got worse Sunday afternoon as they were thumped by the Calgary Hitmen 10-2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary's ten goals were scored by ten different players as they ran away from the injury laden T-Birds in a rout.
For Seattle its their fifth straight loss and ends a weekend where they were out scored 22-3 and Seattle has now been out scored 29-4 in its last four games. Sunday's game was much of the same for Seattle -- a decent start and then several breakdowns.
"I thought we started out pretty good, with a good mind set," Steve Konowalchuk said. "Then some individual break downs and way too many odd man rushes."
The good mind set was evident early as the T-Birds started the game generating chances on Calgary goaltender Chris Driedger. While they could not find the net they seemed to be in the game, competing with the Eastern Conference's top club. Despite falling behind half way through the period on an Alex Roach goal, Seattle was in this one.
Edmonton drubs T-Birds 7-0
January 04, 2014 7:55 pm
The T-Birds limped into Rexall Place in Edmonton Saturday night and were hammered 7-0 by the Oil Kings. For a wounded Seattle team it was their fourth straight loss as they continue to play short-handed. Edmonton got two goals from Reid Petryk, five assists from Henrik Samuelsson and scored three straight power play goals to build a commanding lead on the listless T-Birds.
Seattle struggled to get anything going in this one, looking flat from the beginning. They hung with the Oil Kings for a while but when Brandon Ralph scored 15 minutes into the opening period, the life went out of the Seattle skaters.
"I thought we had a little bit of energy at the start," Steve Konowalchuk said. "I didn't think we maintained it, it felt like we were working up hill all game. Definitely didn't get a lot going."
T-Birds open road trip with a 5-1 loss to Red Deer
January 03, 2014 8:00 pm
The Thunderbirds were in snowy Red Deer Friday night and, despite a strong start, fell to the Rebels 5-1. Red Deer got two goals from Vukie Mpofu and 29 solid saves from goalie Patrik Bartosak to erase an early Seattle lead and win the game.
The T-Birds were short handed yet again, got off to a good start but let the game slip away from them in the second period.
"We started really good, really good first period," head coach Steve Konowalchuk said. "A pretty good second period and when they scored that second goal we quit trying, quit working and we couldn't get much going after that. It's pretty disappointing that our mental toughness wasn't there for 60 minutes."
Trailing by a goal the Rebels tied it up early in the second after Scott Feser walked around the Seattle defense and punched the puck to Cole Chorney who beat a helpless Danny Mumaugh for his 5th goal of the year. The T-Birds seemed to sustain the equalizer but late in the period a sloppy play in their own end cost them.
T-Birds lose in disappointing fashion on New Years Eve
January 01, 2014 1:06 amThe Seattle Thunderbirds played in front of their biggest home crowd of the year Tuesday night, and played perhaps their worst game.
T-Birds a wildcard as trade deadline approaches
December 30, 2013 4:14 pmThe Thunderbirds have a number of options as the Jan. 10 WHL trade deadline approaches.
Everett upends Thunderbirds in overtime
December 29, 2013 5:39 am
KENT -- The Seattle Thunderbirds let one slip away Saturday night, losing 4-3 in overtime. The Everett Silvertips erased a two goal lead and won the game in the extra time on a Brayden Low goal, giving the two teams a split in their big home-and-home weekend series.
Low, who was in training camp with Seattle last year, broke into the Seattle zone at 3:26 of the overtime period and threw a shot towards the net. The puck hit the post and rebounded off of T-Birds' goalie Danny Mumaugh and in the net to empty the Silvertips bench onto the ice in celebration.
While it may seem like a bad bounce cost the T-Birds the game, the loss may come down to just ten minutes.
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 pmWith 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 amThe 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 amThe 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 pmThe 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 amAnother 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 amThe 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