Thunderbirds’ Ethan Bear Notches First Career WHL Goal
(1090 The Fan) — Ahead 3-2 late in the third period, Seattle defenseman Ethan Bear only wanted to help his team secure the win.
When he found himself alone in front of the Prince George net seconds into a delay-of-game power play, Bear wasted no time depositing a pass from Justin Hickman into the back of the net.
For Bear, 16, it not only gave Seattle a two-score lead, it was the first of his young Western Hockey League career.
“It’s an amazing feeling, knowing that you’ve got the first one under your belt and figures a few more to come from here,” said Bear. “It’s a good memory, something that I like to have.”
Bear thought that it came as a result of a defensive lapse from Prince George while on the power play.
“I think it was a defensive breakdown on the other team, I just kind of snuck down back door and Hicks gave me a good pass and I just kind of capitalized. It’s something we’ve been working on in practice a lot.”
Unfortunately for Bear and the T-Birds, his goal didn’t hold up as Prince George completed a late comeback to earn a 5-4 shootout win.
Gropp Joins Thunderbirds
Rookie left-winger Ryan Gropp, 17, was added to the Seattle roster, Tuesday, general manager Russ Farwell announced. Gropp was the T-Birds first-round selection, coming sixth overall, in the 2011 Bantam Draft.
Gropp began the season with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL. Through 10 games played, he scored three goals and dished out five assists.
The 6-foot, 3-inch 190 pound Gropp sat out Friday versus Prince George but could make his debut Saturday against Swift Current.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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