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  • Exhausted Thunderbirds drop 4-1 decision in Spokane
    October 15, 2014 9:02 pm

    By Andrew Eide

    A night after having to play a game with a short handed roster, the Thunderbirds headed across the state Wednesday and left their legs back in Kent.

    Seattle had no energy from the start and lost the second game of a home-and-home series to the Spokane Chiefs 4-1 at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The Chiefs controlled the game from the start and out shot the T-Birds 43-19 on the night, getting a pair of goals from Liam Stewart as they sent Seattle to its second straight loss.

    Seattle goalie Taran Kozun made 39 saves in a valiant effort that saw him under siege the entire night. Seattle's lone goal came from Ryan Gropp who notched his team leading sixth of the season.

  • Thunderbirds play hard but fall in shoot out to Spokane
    Andy Eide | October 15, 2014 4:58 am
    The Thunderbirds found themselves in a tough spot Tuesday night and hung on to scrape out a point.
  • T-Birds news and notes: Suspensions, trades and fancy stats
    Andy Eide | October 13, 2014 9:34 pm
    The Thunderbirds ended the weekend on a mini two game-win streak after taking overtime victories against Spokane and Portland.
  • Thunderbirds edge Winterhawks in 3-2 shootout win
    Andy Eide | October 12, 2014 6:06 am
    The Thunderbirds have managed to turn their former house of horrors into a fun house, skating out of the Moda Center in Portland Saturday night with a 3-2 shootout win over the struggling Winterhawks.
  • Late game heroics lift T-Birds past Chiefs in overtime win
    Andy Eide | October 10, 2014 10:12 pm
    Seattle got a late game-tying goal from Mathew Barzal to force an overtime period, where Jared Hauf scored to give the T-Birds a 2-1 win over Spokane.
  • Rockets power their way to 6-4 win over T-Birds
    October 04, 2014 11:14 pm

    KENT -- A night after a comeback win the Seattle Thunderbirds gave up a lead to lose a hard fought game.

    The Kelowna Rockets scored three goals in the third period to come from behind and beat the T-Birds 6-4 in front of 4,358 fans at the ShoWare Center. The Rockets got a hat trick from Rourke Chartier and four assists from Nick Merkley in the win. Seattle was led by Mathew Barzal's goal and two assists.

    "Too many penalties," head coach Steve Konowalchuk said. "We took some other dumb penalties, you can't hook around the waist, had another trip, those we deserved."

  • T-Birds outlast Portland 4-3 in shoot out win
    October 04, 2014 5:36 am

    The Seattle Thunderbirds erased three one-goal leads Friday night to pick up their second win of the young season.

    Seattle beat the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 in a shoot out at the Moda Center in Portland to snap their mini two-game losing streak and keep their rivals winless on the season. Seattle got two assists from Mathew Barzal and goals from three different players to force the game into overtime and eventually the shoot out. Barzal and Donovan Neuls converted in the shoot out to pick up the two points for Seattle.

    "Any time you can find a way to win it's good," head coach Steve Konowalchuk said. "This is a tough place to win, we found our desperation in the second and third period."

  • 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.