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  • T-Birds deal Henry to Saskatoon to finalize overage situation
    Tim Pigulski | September 29, 2014 3:05 pm
    The Thunderbirds made their second trade with Saskatoon in the past week, moving 20-year-old defenseman Adam Henry to the Blades in exchange for 17-year-old defenseman Turner Ottenbreit.
  • Americans drop T-Birds 3-1 in Kennewick
    September 27, 2014 6:05 am

    For the second straight game the Seattle Thunderbirds lose a contest where they struggled to score goals.

    Seattle dropped a 3-1 contest to the Tri City Americans Friday night at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The Americans got 22 saves from goalie Eric Comrie and goals from three different players to send Seattle to their second straight loss. Seattle picked up their lone goal on forward Donovan Neuls' first WHL tally, but could not generate enough offense throughout.

    In many ways it was similar to their home-opening loss to the Everett Silvertips where they possessed the puck the majority of the game, but could not score.

  • And then there were four: T-Birds deal McKechnie to Saskatoon
    Tim Pigulski | September 25, 2014 5:53 pm
    The Thunderbirds announced early Thursday that they had dealt 20-year-old right wing Sam McKechnie to the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for a sixth-round selection in next summer's Bantam Draft.
  • Thunderbirds shut out 1-0 by Everett in home opener
    Andy Eide | September 21, 2014 6:34 am
    A night after picking up a win in Portland, the T-Birds dropped a tough game to their other rivals.
  • T-Birds open season with 4-1 win at Portland
    September 20, 2014 6:23 am

    PORTLAND, Ore -- For the third straight season the Seattle Thunderbirds have started their year by beating the Portland Winterhawks.

    Seattle took down their rivals 4-1 in the season opener Friday night in front of 8,318 fans at the Moda Center in Portland. Seattle was paced by a goal and an assist from Keegan Kolesar, two goals from Ryan Gropp and two assists by Mathew Barzal.Taran Kozun made 24 saves for the T-Birds as Seattle snapped a frustrating 11-game losing streak in Portland.

    "This is a tough place to get a win," head coach Steve Konowalchuk said. "I thought Kozun was really big for us in the first five or six minutes. I thought we had some young jitters with some uncharacteristic mistakes."

  • Predicting how the T-Birds season will play out
    September 19, 2014 6:28 am
    Thunderbirds writers Tim Pigulski and Andrew Eide look ahead at the WHL season and make predictions for 2014-15.
  • Thunderbirds roster preview: A player-by-player look
    Tim Pigulski | September 18, 2014 11:58 am
    With the Thunderbirds set to open the WHL season Friday in Portland, we take a player-by-player look over the roster.
  • General manager Russ Farwell optimistic about T-Birds season
    Andy Eide | September 17, 2014 6:09 am
    The Thunderbirds' roster situations are nothing new to a junior hockey team and general manager Russ Farwell is optimistic that they'll get straightened out.
  • Justin Hickman ready to lead the T-Birds once again
    Andy Eide | September 16, 2014 5:21 am
    Thunderbirds captain Justin Hickman was in town last week watching the team wrap up its exhibition season against the Everett Silvertips. That's not where he was supposed to be.
  • 10 T-Birds storylines to ring in the 2014-15 season
    Tim Pigulski | September 15, 2014 10:51 am
    Here's a look at the 10 most pressing questions facing the Thunderbirds heading into the 2014-15 season.
  • T-Birds end preseason with another 4-1 loss to Everett
    September 14, 2014 6:26 am

    EVERETT -- After dropping a frustrating game on Friday night the Seattle Thunderbirds turned in a similar performance Saturday night to finish up their preseason schedule.

    The Everett Silvertips beat the T-Birds 4-1 at the ShoWare Center Saturday, holding Seattle to one goal and only two third period shots. Everett was led by Tyler Sandhu and Carson Stadnyk who each had a goal and an assist to help build the Silvertips lead. Seattle's lone goal came from Keegan Kolesar as once again they could not generate consistent offense.

    In many ways, the game was a carbon copy of the night before.

  • Everett claws out a 4-1 victory over T-Birds
    September 13, 2014 6:20 am

    EVERETT -- With just one game left in the preseason the Seattle Thunderbirds still have a few kinks to work out of their game.

    Friday night Seattle dropped a 4-1 tilt with the Everett Silvertips at the Xfinity Arena in Everett. The Silvertips were paced by goalie Carter Hart's 29 saves and two points from Brayden Low. Ryan Gropp picked up the lone goal for the T-Birds who now have lost two straight preseason match-ups with Everett. Both clubs will wrap up their preseason schedule Saturday night at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

    This game was a confusing one for Seattle as they controlled the play for much of the first half of it, only to find themselves behind.

    "I liked some of our game," head coach Steve Konowalchuk said after. "But a couple of big break downs, didn't clear the puck on the penalty kill, those kinds of things we've got to stop and get better at. There were some things I liked but we've got to be better."

  • T-Birds figure to be well represented in 2015 NHL Draft
    Tim Pigulski | September 12, 2014 3:53 pm
    The 2015 NHL Entry Draft will represent the culmination of 17 years of hard work for athletes from all over the world who were born in 1997 or late-1996. The 2014-15 season will serve as the final audition for those players who, as juniors in high school, will be critiqued on a nightly basis to determine how they'll fit with an NHL club.
  • T-Birds news and notes: Playing 200 feet and secondary scoring
    Andy Eide | September 09, 2014 8:17 pm
    The Thunderbirds are just under two weeks away from opening the 2014-2015 season when they head to Portland on Sept. 19.
  • T-Birds blanked by Spokane 1-0
    Andy Eide | September 01, 2014 5:13 am
    The Thunderbirds finished the Everett Silvertips Preseason Holiday Classic Sunday by giving up too many shots and taking too many penalties and lost their first game of the preseason.
  • T-Birds make it two in a row with overtime win against Victoria
    Andy Eide | August 31, 2014 6:02 am
    The Thunderbirds found a way to make Saturday's preseason game with the Victoria Royals more dramatic than it should have been.
  • T-Birds open preseason with 4-0 shutout of Tri City
    Andy Eide | August 29, 2014 5:44 pm
    After a week of training camp where they only got to play against teammates, the Thunderbirds finally took on a different opponent Friday at Comcast Arena in Everett.
  • Thunderbirds preseason preview: What to watch for
    Tim Pigulski | August 28, 2014 12:56 pm
    Training camp is in the books for the Thunderbirds, and while some questions were answered, it seems like even more emerged. The roster has been trimmed for the preseason, which begins on Friday, although an exact list of names has yet to be made public.
  • T-Birds end training camp with annual Blue-White game
    Andy Eide | August 26, 2014 5:25 am
    After four days of scrimmages and practices the T-Birds played a full game Monday afternoon. The annual Blue-White game ended with a 4-2 win for Blue behind four different goal scorers. Captain Justin Hickman potted two goals for the White squad.
  • T-Birds training camp Day 4: Euros take center stage
    Andy Eide | August 25, 2014 5:45 am
    The Thunderbirds had a full day of work Sunday for the last day of the full training camp. There were scrimmage sessions in the morning and afternoon. Monday night the roster will be paired down and the team will play it's annual Blue-White game featuring regular timing and game uniforms.