Thunderbirds center Scott Eansor (right) presses Silvertips forward Dawson Leedahl into the glass last week. Eansor scored four points in Seattle's 7-3 win over Tri-City Tuesday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Notebook: Alexander True Returns, Eansor-Line Scores

True, 17, played sparingly Tuesday in his first game action since suffering a wrist fracture January 13 against Spokane.

1090 The Fan–03/18/2015

Seattle forward Roberts Lipsbergs celebrates the first of his two third-period goals Tuesday. The goal put the Thunderbirds in front of Tri-City 4-3 and the team never trailed again. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Eansor’s Hat Trick Carries Seattle Over Tri-City

Eansor capped a four-goal third period for Seattle (35-25-4-5) with the easiest goal of the bunch. His empty-net goal tallied his first career Western Hockey League hat trick in an eventual 7-3 victory over their U.S. division-rival in front of 6,084 at the ShoWare Center.

1090 The Fan–03/18/2015

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 3-17-2015

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

1090 The Fan–03/17/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Jerret Smith (right) fires a shot past Everett goaltender Carter Hart (left) during Friday's shootout. Smith's goal gave Seattle a 3-2 win after goalie Taran Kozun stopped Cole MacDonald. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Smith Lifts Seattle Over Silvertips in Shootout

Roberts Lipsbergs scored both regulation goals for the Thunderbirds (34-24-4-5) before Jerret Smith netted the decisive goal in the shootout.

1090 The Fan–03/14/2015

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 3-10-2015

Bill Swartz sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk and defencemen Evan Wardley to discuss this weeks upcoming games.

1090 The Fan–03/10/2015

Former Thunderbirds captain Justin Hickman (right) attempts to get past Portland's Layne Viveiros (left) in a rivalry game in December 2014. Hickman's career came to end when the forward opted for season-ending shoulder surgery in early January. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Q&A: Former Thunderbirds Captain Justin Hickman

Hickman, 20, finished 11th on Seattle’s all-time games played list with 285 over parts of five seasons. He scored 55 goals and finished with a total of 132 career points.

1090 The Fan–03/10/2015

Thunderbirds forwards Nolan Volcan (left) and Calvin Spencer (right) sandwich an opponent during a Western Hockey League game last month. Seattle beat Kamloops 3-1 Saturday at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Blaze Past Kamloops With Late Hauf Goal

Jared Hauf connected on a slap shot from the left point, beating Kamloops netminder Connor Ingram for the go-ahead goal with less than five minutes to play. An empty-net goal from Nick Holowko in the final seconds solidified the Thunderbirds’ 3-1 win.

1090 The Fan–03/07/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Evan Wardley (left) shoves Victoria forward Austin Carroll (right) in a game in February. Wardley has been on the ice in all but three games since his second suspension served in November, something head coach Steve Konowalchuk has mandated. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Physical Presence Of Evan Wardley Huge For Thunderbirds As Playoffs Approach

Wardley’s hits set the tone for the way Seattle likes to play. Because of his presence, Seattle is able to match up well with most top lines around the Western Hockey League. When Wardley is on the ice, opponents notice.

1090 The Fan–03/05/2015

Shea Theodore (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Senate OKs Labor Law Exemption To Western Hockey League

The Senate unanimously passed a measure that exempts players in the Western Hockey League from state labor laws

03/04/2015

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 3-3-2015

Thom Beuning sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk and forward Nick Holowko to discuss this weeks upcoming games.

1090 The Fan–03/03/2015

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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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