(1090 The Fan) — Seattle was able to come up with a big win over Interstate-5 rival Portland despite going 0-for-5 on its power play Saturday. In its loss to Vancouver the night before, the team went just 1-for-7.
Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk pinpointed the power play as an area the team must improve upon after Saturday night’s win.
“I think one area we will work on a lot this week is special teams. I think the PK is pretty good for the most part, our power play we have changed a couple of things and we’ve changed the personnel…We’ve had to change too much…but we do need to get better there.”
One critical factor has to be getting Roberts Lipsbergs back into form. With a goal Saturday, Lipsbergs now has a four game goal streak to raise his season total to 15.
“You can see that guy will score in bunches,” Justin Hickman said of his linemate Lipsbergs. “Anytime you can get that guy the puck usually it turns out pretty well and hopefully he keeps rolling.”
Having Lipsbergs play up to his capability is simply vital to the Thunderbirds power play as well as the team’s chances moving forward. He’s one of the few elite goal scorers on the roster.
Forward Scott Eansor Moved Up To Top Line Against Winterhawks
Thunderbirds forward Scott Eansor, 17, was moved up to the top line Saturday against one of the best lines in the WHL. Entering the game, Eansor had appeared in 22 games this season with three total points, all assists. He added one assist in the win, coming on Branden Troock’s second period goal, and some praise from his coach.
“Eansor just seems to be improving and getting more and more confidence,” T-Birds head coach Steve Konowalchuk said after Saturday night’s win over Portland. “You’re going to see him get more and more points too…He can skate with the top players in the league and he’s smart, he’s tenacious and he’s a pain to play against.”
“McKechnie is starting to settle in more,” Konowalchuk added, speaking about one of Eansor’s linemates. “I wanted to give those guys a try and they did a nice job tonight.”
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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