Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (left) watches his shot trickle through the legs of Everett goaltender Austin Lotz (30) and over the goal line in the second period Tuesday. Kolesar scored twice and added an assist in Seattle's 4-2 win over its division rival. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kolesar, Mumaugh Lead T-Birds Past Everett In Important Divisional Match

Keegan Kolesar scored two goals and added an assist to lead Seattle (17-15-2-2) to just its second win in five games against division-leading Everett (21-11-3-1). Ethan Bear had a late goal to go with two assists, and reserve goaltender Danny Mumaugh had 28 saves in his sixth start.

1090 The Fan–12/31/2014

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 12-30-2014

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

1090 The Fan–12/30/2014

Thunderbirds rookie forward Luke Osterman battles along the boards against Portland center Skyler McKechnie during Saturday's game. Seattle held off Portland for a 4-3 win to open the second half of its season. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Hold Off Portland In Return To Ice

Ryan Gropp and Jerret Smith each had a goal and an assist while goaltender Taran Kozun provided 22 saves to lead the Thunderbirds to their fourth win in five games against their rival.

1090 The Fan–12/28/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds forward Justin Hickman (9) defends as Royals defenseman Ryan Gagnon (3) skates with the puck in the T-Birds' zone Tuesday. Hickman provided a goal and two assists while transitioning to center in a 5-4 Seattle win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Hickman Moves To Center For T-Birds

Down their top two centers in Mathew Barzal (lower body) and Alexander True, the latter competing in the 2014 World Junior Challenge for Team Denmark, the Thunderbirds moved captain Justin Hickman to the center position on their top line.

1090 The Fan–12/17/2014

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)

Despite Squandering Early Lead, T-Birds Get Important Win Over Victoria To End First Half

Just as thoughts of a disastrous first-half conclusion began forming, Seattle (14-15-2-2) answered with two late goals from Donovan Neuls and Ryan Gropp to earn a 5-4 victory in front of 5,099 at the ShoWare Center.

1090 The Fan–12/17/2014

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 12-16-2014

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

1090 The Fan–12/16/2014

Thunderbirds defenseman Ethan Bear (25) engages in a physical battle with Portland's Alex Overhardt (17) Saturday. Portland picked up a 2-1 road win in first trip to Seattle this season. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Drop First Of Season To Rival Portland

For Seattle (13-15-2-2), the loss was its first to Portland this season and third in the last four games. The team played a much more energetic, focused and disciplined game after Friday’s 4-0 shutout loss to Tri-City.

1090 The Fan–12/13/2014

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) skates to the net in a game against Spokane in November. Kolesar has two goals and two assists in his last two games. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Keegan Kolesar Turning Heads For Thunderbirds

After his poor rookie campaign, there was almost zero buzz surrounding the forward from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Two short months have changed that. The word is out, and it would be more surprising now if Kolesar weren’t a high-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.

1090 The Fan–12/11/2014

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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

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Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (right) fights with Tri-City defenseman Justin Hamonic (left) in front of the Seattle bench Sunday. Kolesar and the T-Birds opened a 4-0 lead and held on to win 4-2 over the Americans. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Winning Homestand Continues Thunderbirds Run At Division

Seattle held a two-game homestand against division rivals Tri-City and Spokane over three days. It presented an opportunity for the fourth-place Thunderbirds to gain ground in the U.S. Division standings, an opportunity they capitalized on by holding court at home with two big wins.

Thunderbirds forward Donovan Neuls (center) celebrates with teammate Ethan Bear (25) after scoring the game-winning goal in the shootout Friday. Seattle earned its sixth consecutive win by edging Tri-City. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Earns Shootout Win At The ShoWare Center

Playing without 40 percent of their offense Friday, the Thunderbirds managed to win their sixth consecutive game on the backs of first-year players. Donovan Neuls and Nolan Volcan scored Seattle’s two goals and fellow rookies Lane Pederson, Nick Holowko and Turner Ottenbreit had key contributions in the 3-2 shootout win over Tri-City.

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) celebrates along the T-Birds bench after scoring one of his two goals during Tuesday's game. Kolesar's second goal gave Seattle a two-goal lead and propelled the team to its 4-2 victory at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Down Everett In Front Of Packed Crowd

The Seattle Thunderbirds won their fourth consecutive game with a 4-2 defeat over Everett, their U.S. Division rival in front of 6,219 spectators at the ShoWare Center Tuesday. Keegan Kolesar scored two goals and reserve goaltender Danny Mumaugh had 28 saves in just his sixth start of the season.

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.

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