Thunderbirds forward Alexander True (16) fires a shot on goal in Thursday's 5-2 over Edmonton. True scored the T-Birds third goal in the second period. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Drill Oil Kings 5-2

Barzal, the T-Birds leading scorer, had a goal and an assist, Pederson had two goals and Scott Eansor two assists to lead Seattle’s scoring in its win over the reigning Memorial Cup Champions. Pederson’s goals were the rookie’s first of his Western Hockey League career.

1090 The Fan–10/31/2014

Thunderbirds foward Lane Pederson skates after the puck in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Oil Kings. The rookie Pederson scored his first two goals of the season. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

First Goals Are “A Big Relief” For T-Birds’ Rookie Forward

T-Birds rookie Lane Pederson scored the first two goals of his WHL career in a 5-2 win over Edmonton Thursday.

1090 The Fan–10/31/2014

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 10-28-2014

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

1090 The Fan–10/28/2014

Thunderbirds forward Justin Hickman (right) talks to Spokane's Adam Helewka during Friday's 5-3 win over the T-Birds U.S. Division rival. Hickman scored his first two goals and had a game-high four points. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

First Goals Come For Seattle’s Justin Hickman

Seattle’s 20-year-old captain scored two goals and added two assists to lead the team with four points in its 5-3 win over Spokane.

1090 The Fan–10/25/2014

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Seattle Snaps Four-Game Losing Streak With First Home Win Of Season

The Thunderbirds snapped a four-game losing streak Friday night by beating U.S. Division rival Spokane 5-3 in front of 3,454 at the ShoWare Center. A second-period Mathew Barzal goal opened the floodgates for a Seattle team that was struggling to score.

1090 The Fan–10/25/2014

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 10-21-2014

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

10/21/2014

Thunderbirds forwards Donovan Neuls (19) and Nolan Volcan (26) battle for a loose puck in Friday's game against Prince George. The two, along side Scott Eansor, form Seattle's third line often tasked with shutting down its opponent's top line. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Scott Eansor Leads A Seattle Line That Values Heart Over Size

Not one member of the line stands 5-foot-10 or taller. Donovan Neuls, listed at 5-foot-9.5, is the tallest of a trio that prides itself on chipping pucks in and going to work.

10/21/2014

Seattle forwards Ryan Gropp (12) and Justin Hickman (9) battle for a loose puck in front of Kamloops goalie Connor Ingram. The Blazers got a late overtime goal to earn the 5-4 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Bounces Go Blazers Way As Seattle Drops Fourth Straight

The Thunderbirds concluded a trying run of four games in five nights with their fourth consecutive loss, a 5-4 overtime defeat at the hands of Kamloops.

1090 The Fan–10/19/2014

Thunderbirds forwards Donovan Neuls (19) and Nolan Volcan (26) battle with a Prince George player over the puck Friday night. Seattle lost 3-1 at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Squander Scoring Chances, Fall To Prince George

In their last three losses, Seattle (4-5-0-1) has surrendered 117 shots on goal, a byproduct of its issues on defense. With Ethan Bear hurt, Evan Wardley suspended and Shea Theodore still with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, the T-Birds are currently relying on younger players.

1090 The Fan–10/18/2014

Thunderbirds rookie goaltender Logan Flodell makes a save against Prince George forward Chase Witala (8) Friday. The T-Birds lost 3-1 but Flodell had 37 saves in his frist appearance of the season. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Young Goaltender Shines In First Action

Rookie Logan Flodell made 37 saves on 40 shots in his first appearance and start of the 2014 season in a 3-1 loss to Prince George Friday night. The 17-year-old made the Thunderbirds roster as one of three goalies after a strong camp.

1090 The Fan–10/18/2014

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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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