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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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With First Two-Goal Game, Barzal Leads Seattle To Game 1 Victory

Barzal scored scored the game-winning goal at 17:18 to cap a late third-period rally by the lower-seeded Thunderbirds.

1090 The Fan–03/29/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Jared Hauf (left) defends Portland's Evan Weigner (right) during Saturday's regular-season finale. Portland and Seattle face off in the first round of the WHL playoffs beginning Saturday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Versus Portland: A First-Round Preview

(1090 The Fan) — The Seattle-Portland rivalry is one that spans player tenures, coaches and even sports in addition to its two states and 170 miles along Interstate-5. After 12 more regular-season contests in 2014-15, […]

1090 The Fan–03/25/2015

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 3-24-2015

Bill Swartz sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk, Defenseman Jerret Smith, and play by play announcer Thom Beuning to discuss the upcoming playoff games.

1090 The Fan–03/24/2015

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun (right) took home the team's Most Valuable Player Award Saturday after a season in which he posted a 2.41 goals against average in 60 games. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun Earns MVP At Thunderbirds Annual Year-End Awards Ceremony

The biggest award, though, went to overage goaltender Taran Kozun. Kozun, 20, was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after a season in which he finished with a 2.41 goals against average.

1090 The Fan–03/23/2015

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (right) shoots against Portland goaltender Adin Hill (left) during the second period of Saturday's game. Gropp scored two goals, including here, in Seattle's 6-3 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Gropp Continues Hot Streak As Seattle Drops Portland

Seattle completed its regular-season series with the Winterhawks with a superior 7-4-1-0 record over their bitter Interstate-5 rival. The series was really a tale of two halves with the T-Birds winning five of the first six and Portland taking four of the final six.

1090 The Fan–03/22/2015

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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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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