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An Early Look At 2015-16 For Seattle Thunderbirds

Seattle’s first-round playoff exit precipitated a sudden turn of the page to the 2015-16 season. Evan Wardley is one of a quartet of players moving on in their respective hockey careers, while potentially 11 first-year players return for their sophomore seasons with the Thunderbirds.

1090 The Fan–04/18/2015

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Thunderbirds Sign Last Year’s Top Bantam Pick

Tyszka was Seattle’s first-round pick (16 overall) in the 2014 Bantam Draft. He joins a defense unit which returns Ethan Bear, Jared Hauf, Jerret Smith, Turner Ottenbreit and Sahvan Khaira for next season.

1090 The Fan–04/18/2015

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 4-14-2015

Bill Swartz sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk and Thunderbirds radio play by play announcer Thom Beuning to recap the playoffs and look ahead to next season.

1090 The Fan–04/14/2015

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Shea Theodore Leaves Seattle “Proud”

The Winterhawks handed Seattle a 5-4 defeat in Game 6 of their first-round series. The loss meant the end of a handful of Thunderbirds’ careers, including that of defenseman Shea Theodore.

1090 The Fan–04/08/2015

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Thunderbirds Season Ends With 5-4 Overtime Loss

Evan Wardley and Shea Theodore, two Thunderbirds playing their final Western Hockey League game, sparked a second-period rally that gave Seattle a chance.

1090 The Fan–04/08/2015

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 4-7-2015

Thunderbirds Radio Broadcaster Thom Beuning sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk, Athletic Trainer Phil Varney and VP/Asst. GM & Director of Marketing Colin Campbell to discuss the upcoming playoff games.

1090 The Fan–04/07/2015

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Penalties, Poor Start Doom T-Birds In Loss

Through the first three games, Seattle did an effective job of staying out of the penalty box and not handing the offensive juggernaut of Portland unnecessary man-advantages. That was not the case in Game 4.

1090 The Fan–04/03/2015

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T-Birds Take Crucial Game 3

Seattle defenseman Jerret Smith scored twice, including an empty-net goal at 18:34 of the third period, to give the T-Birds a 2-1 series lead.

1090 The Fan–04/01/2015

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 3-31-2015

Bill Swartz sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk and General Manager Russ Farwell to discuss the upcoming playoff games.

1090 The Fan–03/31/2015

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Hill, Portland Shutout Seattle In Game 2

After dropping Game 1 4-3 Saturday, Portland rebounded with a strong defensive effort in Game 2 behind 21 saves from Adin Hill.

1090 The Fan–03/30/2015

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Thunderbirds center Scott Eansor (right) checks Everett forward Dawson Leedahl into the glass during Friday's game. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds And Silvertips Renew Rivalry At ShoWare Center

In the first game of a two-night doubleheader with the first-place Silvertips, Seattle held on for a 3-2 shootout victory. Forward Roberts Lipsbergs had two goals and goaltender Taran Kozun stopped 21 shots in regulation and overtime and another seven shootout attempts.

Winterhawks forward Nic Petan (right) and a Thunderbirds player prepare for the face-off draw during Saturday's contest between rivals. Portland won 5-2 at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds And Winterhawks Divisional Showdown Saturday

A hat trick by star forward Oliver Bjorkstrand carried Portland past the Thunderbirds for the third time in the last four matchups between the two squads. The loss put Seattle nine points behind their division rival for second place, a spot that guarantees home-ice advantage in the first round of the WHL playoffs.

Thunderbirds forwards Nolan Volcan (left) and Calvin Spencer (right) deliver a sandwiching blow to a Hitmen skater during Tuesday's game. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Calgary And Seattle Battle On Two-For Tuesday

Calgary’s Jake Virtanen had a goal and an assist while propelling the Hitmen past Seattle with three unanswered goals Tuesday. The Thunderbirds fell to 2-2 on their current six-game homestand with the 3-2 defeat.

The Seattle Thunderbirds celebrate with goaltender Taran Kozun (far left) after a 7-0 shutout victory over Everett Saturday. Ryan Gropp (center) had a goal and an assist while Kozun stopped 15 shots. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Climbing After Victorious Weekend

Entering the weekend trailing first-place Everett by 11 points, the third-place Thunderbirds picked up three points with wins over Lethbridge and the Silvertips Friday and Saturday at the ShoWare Center. Head coach Steve Konowalchuk has his team peaking at the right time with the playoffs approaching.

Thunderbirds defenseman Evan Wardley (left) scuffles with Royals assistant captain Austin Carroll Sunday. Carroll had a goal and two assists in Victoria's 6-3 win.  (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Handed Disappointing 6-3 Loss By Royals

Victoria jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period against a lackluster Seattle squad Sunday. Goaltender Taran Kozun was later lifted, but the damage had been done.

Rockets defenseman Madison Bowey (left) rifles a shot on Seattle's goal as Nolan Volcan (center) attempts to block and Taran Kozun defends the T-Birds' net. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Rally Past Kelowna Tuesday

Seattle (28-20-3-3) overcame six penalties and a late deficit to upset Kelowna, the Western Hockey League’s best team, Tuesday at the ShoWare Center. Defenseman Jerret Smith scored the game-winning goal 16:26 into the third period.

Thunderbirds forward Cory Millette (center) is sandwiched by Giants defensemen Mason Geertsen (right) and Dmitry Osipov (center) as he crashed the Vancouver goal during the second period Saturday. Millette scored Seattle's first goal in the 3-0 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun, Barzal Lead Thunderbirds Past Vancouver Saturday

Seattle won its fourth consecutive game in a 3-0 shutout of Vancouver Saturday behind 38 saves by goaltender Taran Kozun and two points by star center Mathew Barzal. The team has won five of its last six games and appears to be playing its best hockey as the season enters the final weeks.

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