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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 12-9-2014

Bill Swartz sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk and Seahawk TE Luke Willson to discuss this weeks upcoming games.

1090 The Fan–12/09/2014

Medicine Hat defenseman Kyle Becker (12) skates with the puck as Thunderbirds forward Scott Eansor (8) does his best to defend Saturday. The Tigers, the second best team in the Eastern Conference, built a 4-1 lead against Seattle and held on for the 5-3 win at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Medicine Hat Deals Thunderbirds 5-3 Nonconference Loss

Despite a late push from Keegan Kolesar, the Eastern Conference squad held on for a 5-3 road victory over Seattle. Zach Fischer provided a goal and an assist to lead Medicine Hat, while points leader Trevor Cox notched his 33rd assist, second-best in the Western Hockey League.

1090 The Fan–12/07/2014

Tri-City goaltender Eric Comrie (far right) looks through defenders Tyler Morrison (5) and Riley Hillis (3) for the puck in the first period of Friday's game. Seattle scored three early goals and held on for a 3-1 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Early Goals Help Thunderbirds Cruise Past Americans

Friday’s victory came on the heels of a dominant 4-1 win over Spokane Sunday when the team opened a 2-0 lead. Suddenly, Seattle (12-12-2-2) has won three of its last four after losing five of six.

1090 The Fan–12/06/2014

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (12) contends for the puck against Tri-City defenseman Riley Hillis (3) Friday. Gropp had a goal and an assist in Seattle's 3-1 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Scouts See Good Game From T-Birds’ Gropp

Seattle’s 6-foot-2 leading scorer entered Friday’s contest with 12 goals and 10 assists through 27 games. He now has 13 goals and 11 assists for a six-point advantage over the Thunderbirds’ next leading scorer.

1090 The Fan–12/06/2014

Seattle Thunderbird defenseman Shea Theodore was named to the Western Conference All-Star first team, Thursday. Theodore led the T-Birds with 79 points this season, the most for any defensemen in the WHL. (photo credit: Seattle Thunderbirds)

Shea Theodore Back With Thunderbirds, Ready To Lead

Theodore, 19, has played in seven games since returning last month. He’s expected back in the lineup this weekend after missing the past two games with the flu. His return brings scoring stability and leadership in an inexperienced Thunderbirds squad in need.

1090 The Fan–12/03/2014

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 12-2-2014

Bill Swartz sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk and Defenseman Jared Hauf to discuss this weeks upcoming games.

1090 The Fan–12/02/2014

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Young Seattle Defenseman Scores First Career WHL Goal

Khaira, 16, has played in 21 games through the first two months of his debut WHL season. Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk has seen the 6-foot-3, 213-pound defender from Surrey, B.C. progress in his first season above the Bantam level.

1090 The Fan–12/01/2014

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (12) whistles a shot on goal as Spokane's Markson Bechtold tries to defend. Gropp had two goals in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Chiefs. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Salvage Weekend With Dominant Win Over Spokane

Starting goaltender Taran Kozun provided 20 saves in his return to the Seattle (11-12-2-2) lineup, while Ryan Gropp scored two power-play goals to lead the T-Birds to a victory which helped salvage a three-game weekend.

1090 The Fan–11/30/2014

Thunderbirds forward Justin Hickman (9) pursues Kootenay forward Sam Reinhart (23) Saturday. Reinhart had a goal and an assist in Kootenay's 5-2 win over Seattle. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Penalty Kill Struggling

Yet, despite holding a 80.8 penalty-kill percentage, good for 10th in the Western Hockey League through 25 games, Seattle has allowed four goals in 11 power-play chances over its last two games. An uncommon lapse for a team normally sound.

1090 The Fan–11/30/2014

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) lies on the ice in front of Kootenay goaltender Wyatt Hoflin Saturday. Kolesar and the T-Birds fell 5-2 to the Ice. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Iced By Surging Kootenay

Riding an emotional 3-2 win over the Silvertips, Seattle (10-12-2-2) opened a four-game homestand with a flat performance against the Ice. Since the departure of Barzal due to a lower-body injury, Seattle is 3-7. Comparatively, its opponent Saturday is 8-2 since the return of star center Sam Reinhart.

1090 The Fan–11/30/2014

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Thunderbirds forward Donovan Neuls (third from left) celebrates with Scott Eansor (8), Nolan Volcan (second from left) and Evan Wardley (27) after his game-tying goal late in the third period. Seattle went on to beat Victoria 5-4 Tuesday night at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Splits Final Two Home Games Of First Half

The Thunderbirds played their final two home games of the first half of their 2014-15 season December 13 and 16 before heading on a 10-day holiday break. Saturday brought a 2-1 defeat at the hands of hated U.S. Division-rival Portland, while Tuesday brought a thrilling 5-4 win over Victoria.

Medicine Hat center Chad Labelle (22) looks back prior to a face off Saturday. Labelle assisted on the Tigers' final goal at 17:01 of the third period. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

A Weekend Of Hockey At The ShoWare Center 12/5-6

With nearly 6,000 fans checking out the action, the Thunderbirds split a weekend double-header at the ShoWare Center. First, Seattle built an early lead and held on for a divisional win over Tri-City Friday night, then Saturday the team dropped a 5-3 contest to Medicine Hat of the Eastern Conference.

Thunderbirds defenseman turned forward Sunday Evan Wardley (27) stands up to Chiefs defenseman Evan Fiala in front of Garret Hughson and the Chiefs goal Sunday. Seattle cruised to a 4-1 victory on the strength of three power-play goals. (Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Score Win Over Spokane Sunday

Looking to rebound from a flat effort the previous night against Kootenay, the Thunderbirds brought the energy from the opening face-off against U.S. Division rival Spokane. Seattle opened a 2-0 first-period lead against the number two team in the standings, before cruising to a 4-1 victory Sunday.

Thunderbirds forward Alexander True (16) fights for position along the boards against Kootenay defenseman Tyler King (7) Saturday. Seattle squandered an early 2-0 lead in the 5-2 nonconference home loss. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Fall To Kootenay Saturday

Looking to build off an important and emotional victory over Everett on Friday night, the Thunderbirds opened a four-game homestand in disappointing fashion Saturday. A flat Seattle squad playing without top scorers Shea Theodore and Mathew Barzal were thoroughly out-played by Sam Reinhart and the Kootenay Ice of the Eastern Conference. Reinhart, last summer’s No. 2 overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres, had a goal and an assist in his 10th game with the Ice. He has 22 points in that span and the Ice are 8-2.

Thunderbirds forward Lane Pederson has a few words with a Silvertip Saturday. Despite a late lead, Seattle lost to the Silvertips 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Shootout Loss To Everett

Seattle hosted the first-place Silvertips at the ShoWare Center Saturday, and after taking a brief lead in the third period on Justin Hickman’s goal, fell in the eventual shootout.

Thunderbirds forward Lane Pederson (15) looks for an opening as Red Deer goaltender Rylan Toth (center) guards the Rebels' net. Seattle edged Red Deer 3-2 in a physical affair Tuesday night at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Edge Red Deer 3-2 In Shootout Tuesday

Photos from Seattle’s 3-2 shootout victory over Eastern Conference foe Red Deer Tuesday, November 4 at the ShoWare Center. Five fights broke out between the two teams within the first 21 minutes. The Thunderbirds’ Justin Hickman scored two goals and had the lone goal of the shootout to lift the team to victory. T-Birds goalie Taran Kozun provided 37 saves, including 17 in the third period.

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