Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (left) watches the puck as he attempts to skate past Portland defenseman Layne Viveiros during Saturday's game. Gropp and his linemates Keegan Kolesar and Scott Eansor created numerous scoring opportunities but could not put a shot past goaltender Adin Hill. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Gropp Line Playing Well Despite Lack Of Points

In the 12 games over the month of February, the unit’s scoring production wasn’t consistent with their activity. Not one of the three forwards topped seven points for the month in which they combined for 18 as a group.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2015

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun (left) peers to his left where Portland's Miles Koules (right) prepares to shoot at an open net. Turner Ottenbreit (center) is all that stands in Koules' way. Portland secured a 5-2 win over rival Seattle Saturday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Rival Portland Hands Thunderbirds Third Consecutive Loss At Home

The seven point difference separating Seattle (31-23-4-4) and Portland grew to nine with Seattle’s 5-2 loss Saturday in front of 5,035 at the ShoWare Center. With 10 games to play, the deficit appears insurmountable.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2015

Thunderbirds forward Roberts Lipsbergs (right) gets tripped up by Prince George defender Joseph Carvalho during Friday's game. The Cougars overcame a two-goal deficit to up-end Seattle 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Prince George, Lack Of Discipline Trip Up Seattle In Overtime Loss

In all, the game featured 30 assessed infractions, 102 combined penalty minutes and 13 power plays.

1090 The Fan–02/28/2015

Seattle forward Roberts Lipsbergs (right) skates up the ice during Tuesday's game against Calgary. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Projected To Face Portland In Revamped Playoff Format

As things stand currently, Seattle will face bitter rival Portland in the first round, with the Winterhawks holding home ice thanks to an eight-point edge in the U.S. Division standings.

1090 The Fan–02/26/2015

Calgary defenders Colby Harmsworth (far left) and Keegan Kanzig (right) block the front of their net as Seattle looks to score. Despite taking an early lead, Seattle surrendered three unanswered goals to the Hitmen in an eventual 3-2 loss. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Calgary Stifles Thunderbirds In Nonconference Battle

The Hitmen (37-18-1-4) throttled Seattle, handing it a 3-2 defeat in front of 5,132 at the ShoWare Center Tuesday. The Seattle forwards found little room to operate all night, managing just 20 shots on goal after scoring 14 times in its last three games.

1090 The Fan–02/25/2015

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 2-24-2015

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

1090 The Fan–02/24/2015

Thunderbirds forward Cory Millette battles with Everett's Cole MacDonald during Saturday's game. Acquired at January's trade deadline from Prince Albert, the veteran Millette has been a tremendous source of offense. Through 19 games, he has nine goals and 10 assists. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Notebook: Cory Millette Providing Needed Scoring

In 19 games since coming over to the Thunderbirds from Prince Albert, Millette has provided nine goals and 10 assists while filling an important veteran role in Justin Hickman’s absence.

1090 The Fan–02/22/2015

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 Demolish Everett In Dominant Shutout Win

Seattle scored four second-period goals en route to a 7-0 skinning of the first-place Silvertips in front of 5,008 at the ShoWare Center. It was the worst shutout loss for Everett since it was beaten 8-0 by Portland January 12, 2013.

1090 The Fan–02/21/2015

Thunderbirds forward Mathew Barzal skates with the puck during Sunday's loss to Victory. Barzal delivered four assists in Friday's 4-3 overtime win against Lethbridge while playing increased minutes. (Photo by Brian LIesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Notebook: Barzal Sees Added Ice Time, Young Goalie Signed

Barzal, 17, has played in 14 games since returning to the Thunderbirds’ lineup January 23 after missing nearly 11 weeks with a fractured knee cap. After a slow start, Barzal has rounded into the form expected of him with four goals and 14 assists.

1090 The Fan–02/21/2015

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun reaches to make a save during Friday's game as teammates Scott Eansor (center) and Ethan Bear (far right) defend. Kozun made 20 saves as Seattle rallied for a 4-3 overtime win against Lethbridge. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Late Rally Lifts Seattle Over Hurricanes

Mathew Barzal assisted on all four of Seattle’s goals to lead the offense. Millette added a goal and two assists playing alongside the second-year center and Shea Theodore had a goal and an assist for the T-Birds.

1090 The Fan–02/21/2015

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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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