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

Tri-City goaltender Eric Comrie (far right) looks through defenders Tyler Morrison (5) and Riley Hillis (3) for the puck in the first period of Friday's game. Seattle scored three early goals and held on for a 3-1 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Early Goals Help Thunderbirds Cruise Past Americans

Friday’s victory came on the heels of a dominant 4-1 win over Spokane Sunday when the team opened a 2-0 lead. Suddenly, Seattle (12-12-2-2) has won three of its last four after losing five of six.

1090 The Fan–12/06/2014

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (12) contends for the puck against Tri-City defenseman Riley Hillis (3) Friday. Gropp had a goal and an assist in Seattle's 3-1 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Scouts See Good Game From T-Birds’ Gropp

Seattle’s 6-foot-2 leading scorer entered Friday’s contest with 12 goals and 10 assists through 27 games. He now has 13 goals and 11 assists for a six-point advantage over the Thunderbirds’ next leading scorer.

1090 The Fan–12/06/2014

Seattle Thunderbird defenseman Shea Theodore was named to the Western Conference All-Star first team, Thursday. Theodore led the T-Birds with 79 points this season, the most for any defensemen in the WHL. (photo credit: Seattle Thunderbirds)

Shea Theodore Back With Thunderbirds, Ready To Lead

Theodore, 19, has played in seven games since returning last month. He’s expected back in the lineup this weekend after missing the past two games with the flu. His return brings scoring stability and leadership in an inexperienced Thunderbirds squad in need.

1090 The Fan–12/03/2014

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 12-2-2014

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

1090 The Fan–12/02/2014

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Young Seattle Defenseman Scores First Career WHL Goal

Khaira, 16, has played in 21 games through the first two months of his debut WHL season. Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk has seen the 6-foot-3, 213-pound defender from Surrey, B.C. progress in his first season above the Bantam level.

1090 The Fan–12/01/2014

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (12) whistles a shot on goal as Spokane's Markson Bechtold tries to defend. Gropp had two goals in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Chiefs. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Salvage Weekend With Dominant Win Over Spokane

Starting goaltender Taran Kozun provided 20 saves in his return to the Seattle (11-12-2-2) lineup, while Ryan Gropp scored two power-play goals to lead the T-Birds to a victory which helped salvage a three-game weekend.

1090 The Fan–11/30/2014

Thunderbirds forward Justin Hickman (9) pursues Kootenay forward Sam Reinhart (23) Saturday. Reinhart had a goal and an assist in Kootenay's 5-2 win over Seattle. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Penalty Kill Struggling

Yet, despite holding a 80.8 penalty-kill percentage, good for 10th in the Western Hockey League through 25 games, Seattle has allowed four goals in 11 power-play chances over its last two games. An uncommon lapse for a team normally sound.

1090 The Fan–11/30/2014

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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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