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It's going to be a battle between U.S. division rivals Everett and Seattle in the first round of the WHL playoffs. Here, Ryan Gropp (12) of Seattle and Kohl Bauml (15) of the Silvertips battle for the puck in a game earlier this month. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Will Have Its Hands Full With A Hot Silvertips Squad

The T-Birds will be taking on an Everett squad that enters the playoffs as the hottest team in the league. After an up-and-down season, Everett finished strong when it mattered most, carrying an 11-0-0-2 record over its final 13 games.

1090 The Fan–03/20/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds players defend in their zone in a game earlier this month. Seattle will face Everett in the first round of the WHL playoffs beginning Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at the ShoWare Center in Kent. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Earns No. 4 Seed, Will Take On Everett In First Round

With the Thunderbirds’ 6-1 win at Tri-City and the Silvertips’ 5-4 shootout loss to Portland, both teams finished with 88 points. That meant that Seattle (41-25-2-4), by virtue of its higher win total, won the tiebreaker over Everett (39-23-7-3) and earned the No. 4 seed.

1090 The Fan–03/17/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds' forward Mathew Barzal celebrates with teammates after a goal in a game in late January. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Final Weekend No Picnic For Weary T-Birds

The Seattle Thunderbirds emerged from a difficult stretch in which it faced four playoff teams in five nights only to face a weekend of meaningful games with just a two point lead for the No. 4 seed and home-ice advantage.

1090 The Fan–03/12/2014

(Photo by Kyle Scholzen, WHL)

Critical Win Eludes Seattle As Spokane Inches Closer

Two late third period goals allowed Spokane to inch closer to Seattle with a 6-4 win, Tuesday night. Spokane now sits fifth, just two points behind the Thunderbirds in fourth place and three in front of Everett in sixth.

1090 The Fan–03/11/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds' forward Jaimen Yakubowski (19) tries to score on Vancouver goalie Payton Lee in Sunday's game. Seattle beat the Giants 4-3 in a shootout. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Theodore’s Shootout Goal Rescues Seattle From Potential Collapse

It was a game the Thunderbirds absolutely had to have after a 3-game losing skid left their grip on the No. 4 seed tenuous. Shea Theodore finished with three assists, Danny Mumaugh had 32 saves in his first start in eight games and Alexander Delnov tallied his 28th goal of the season to lift the T-Birds.

1090 The Fan–03/09/2014

(Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Silvertips Notch Third Straight Win Over Seattle

Seattle dropped its third straight game to Everett in a 5-2 home loss, Saturday. With five games left on its schedule, Seattle is clinging to a 2-point advantage for the fourth seed, and home-ice advantage, in the Western Conference.

1090 The Fan–03/08/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds' forward Ryan Gropp (12) attempts to hold the puck while being defended by Everett's Kohl Bauml (15). Everett defeated Seattle 3-1, Sunday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Slow Start Dooms Seattle In Loss To Everett

It’s the second consecutive loss for the Thunderbirds against Everett in a little over a week, with Seattle (39-20-2-4) managing just two goals against the stingy Everett defense.

1090 The Fan–03/02/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds' forward Branden Troock (11) skates by a Tri-City defender in a game in February. Troock scored his 22nd goal of the season in Saturday's 4-1 win against Portland. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Troock Hopes Goal Gets His Game Rolling Once Again

Troock now has 22 goals on the season and 31 assists for a total of 53 points, good for third on the team behind defenseman Shea Theodore (69) and Alexander Delnov (56). It’s his hope that the goal spurs his game back to where it was in December when he was lighting the lamp nearly every night.

1090 The Fan–03/02/2014

Seattle players Sam McKechnie (5) and Ryan Gropp (12), center, protect the goal in front of goalie Taran Kozun, Saturday night. The T-Birds defeated Portland 4-1, snapping Portland's 21-game win streak. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun, Seattle Snap Portland’s Near-Record Streak

Late goals from forwards Justin Hickman and Brendan Troock carried Seattle to a statement-making 4-1 win over Portland, Saturday at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Goalie Taran Kozun had 41 saves and Seattle halted one of the greatest regular-season streaks in WHL history.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds' rookie forward Mathew Barzal (13) celebrates a goal in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Prince Albert. Barzal scored twice, his 10th and 11th goals of the season as Seattle snapped a 3-game losing streak. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Ends Losing Skid With Win Over Prince Albert

In the end, Alexander Delnov scored the game-winner in overtime to lift Seattle past Prince Albert 4-3. Mathew Barzal scored two goals, Roberts Lipsbergs added his first goal in nine games, and Shea Theodore contributed two assists to lead the T-Birds.

1090 The Fan–02/25/2014

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