Thunderbirds forward Roberts Lipsbergs (left) looks for an opening in a recent home game against Spokane. Lipsbergs had a strong game in Seattle's 5-2 win at Kelowna, but played a lackluster game much like the rest of the team in Saturday's 6-0 loss to Everett. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Weekend Bares Mixed Results For Thunderbirds

It was an important weekend of road games for Seattle after it rebounded from consecutive losses with a 2-0 homestand over divisional rivals Tri-City and Spokane to begin the week. Yet, the T-Birds played like two completely different teams.

1090 The Fan–01/20/2015

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 1-20-2015

Bill Swartz sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk and Assistant Coach Matt O’Dette to discuss this weeks upcoming games.

1090 The Fan–01/20/2015

The Thunderbirds welcome back veteran forward Roberts Lipsbergs, an import player from Latvia. The hope is Lipsbergs can slide into void left by Justin Hickman, providing scoring and leadership. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Roberts Lipsbergs Returns To The Thunderbirds

When the season began, Lipsbergs was a part of a large contingent of players vying for the three overage spots on the T-Birds’ roster. Ultimately, Lipsbergs was forced to leave. Hickman’s injury opened up the opportunity to return, one that he jumped at.

1090 The Fan–01/15/2015

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (left) watches his shot slip past Chiefs goaltender Garret Hughson (right) and into the net during Tuesday's shootout. Kolesar's shootout goal as the ninth shooter secured a 5-4 shootout win for Seattle. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Picks Up Needed Point On Division-Rival Chiefs

Shortly after surrendering three goals and the lead in the second period, the T-Birds responded by out-shooting Spokane 14-3 in the third period to force overtime.

1090 The Fan–01/14/2015

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 1-13-2015

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

1090 The Fan–01/13/2015

The Thunderbirds lost forward Justin Hickman (right) to season-ending shoulder surgery. His departure necessitated two corresponding moves in which Seattle general manager Russ Farwell added former T-Bird Roberts Lipsbergs and acquired Cory Millette from Prince Albert last week. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Busy Week Of Transactions For T-Birds Analyzed

Taran Kozun’s 2.23 goals against average in 32 starts through January 4 is tops among all qualified Western Hockey League netminders. That reliability between the pipes has kept Seattle (20-16-2-3) in nearly every game, giving it hope for an aggressive playoff push in the second half.

1090 The Fan–01/12/2015

New Thunderbirds forward Cory Millette (left) races to challenge an Americans player for the puck Sunday. Millette scored a goal and had an assist in his first game with the T-Birds. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Notebook: Millette Joins Team, Konowalchuk Adjusts Power Play

The 19-year-old forward was acquired from Prince Albert Thursday by the T-Birds in exchange for a conditional sixth-round selection in either the 2015 or 2016 Bantam Draft.

1090 The Fan–01/11/2015

Seattle goaltender Taran Kozun (center) defends his net as a host of Americans skaters converge on the goal crease with the puck Sunday. Kozun provided 31 saves in helping lead the Thunderbirds to a 4-2 win over Tri-City at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Theodore Leads Seattle Past Tri-City, 4-2 Sunday

Theodore now has five points in two games since joining the T-Birds Thursday, tying him with Thomas Hickey for second place on the Thunderbirds all-time defensive scoring list with 177 points.

1090 The Fan–01/11/2015

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 1-6-2015

Bill Swartz sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk and General Manager Russ Farwell to discuss this weeks upcoming games.

1090 The Fan–01/06/2015

Thunderbirds rookie forward Donovan Neuls (right) celebrates his game-winning score in the shootout Friday against division-rival Tri-City with teammate Ethan Bear (left). Neuls has four goals this season and has been a key member of the Seattle roster as it climbs up the Western Conference standings. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Can Thunderbirds Make Playoff Push In Second Half?

Despite being without 40 percent of its scoring at one point, Seattle went 5-1 in the first six games out of the holiday break to climb into the sixth position in the Western Conference standings.

1090 The Fan–01/06/2015

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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.

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.

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