(1090 The Fan) — After a win Tuesday night over Tri-City, the Seattle Thunderbirds finished off the first half of its season with a 21-10-1-3 record and 46 points, good enough for fifth place in the WHL Western Conference standings.
While the 10-day hiatus comes at a time the T-Birds are rolling, having won 9 of their last 10 games, it also comes at a time when the team is ailing.
Rookie forward Mathew Barzal, who has 31 points in 32 games, has been in the trainer’s room working to recover from an upper-body injury suffered in last Friday’s game against Portland, while 19-year-old forward Connor Honey still hasn’t returned to the lineup since early October.
“We will take the break right now,” Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk said. “We do have some guys banged up and we have a few guys under the weather as well that are sucking up some minutes there. I think the break comes for us at a good time…and we’ll just have to get back to work on the details and systems as quick as we can.”
The players felt the same way.
“It’s going to be nice to have a break and just kind of rest and get ready for the second half,” Branden Troock said.
When the team returns to the ice next Friday, it will face two important matches right out of the gate with back-to-back games against Everett, currently seeded third in the Western Conference. In total, 37 games remain in the second half for a Thunderbirds squad that has already surpassed last year’s win total.
What will the second half bring? Seattle will hope to ride the momentum of its finish to the first half in its quest to find out.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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