Anthony Dion

University of Washington graduate Anthony Dion has covered the Seattle Thunderbirds for 1090 The Fan since the beginning of the 2013 season. You can follow him on twitter @anthonydion03.

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–10 hours ago

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

Huskies senior linebacker Travis Feeney (left), shown here making a tackle against Colorado in 2013, is just one of several players on Washington's roster with future NFL talent.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Huskies Should Have Similar Presence At Combine In Future

While a passel of elite draft prospects have been a long time coming for Washington, there is potential to see it become a trend rather than a one-year blip on the radar screen.

1090 The Fan–02/22/2015

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

Seattle goaltender Taran Kozun (far left) watches the puck go into the corner during the first period of Sunday's game. In the foreground T-Birds forward Calvin Spencer (center) competes with Royals forward Jack Walker (right). Walker scored three goals and added an assist in Victoria's 6-3 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Notebook: Taran Kozun Looking Ahead

Kozun yielded three goals in 15:49 of the first period before being pulled for backup Logan Flodell with Seattle in a 3-0 hole. He was caught out of position on the Royals’ first two goals before being beat by a great pass on the third goal.

1090 The Fan–02/16/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Turner Ottenbreit (bottom) is dropped to the ice by Victoria forward Brandon Fushimi during Sunday's game. Fushimi and the Royals opened a 3-0 lead after one period in coasting to a 6-3 win over Seattle. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Victoria Hands “Loose” T-Birds 6-3 Loss

A team head coach Steve Konowalchuk described as “pretty loose” in the hours leading up to the 5 p.m. start, was trounced by Victoria (32-21-3-1) over the first 20 minutes en route to a 6-3 loss in front of 4,368 at the ShoWare Center. Not the way Seattle (29-21-3-4) wanted to begin its six-game homestand.

1090 The Fan–02/15/2015

Thunderbirds manage late goal to force overtime against Everett. This photo shows team in an early-season game with Kelowna. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Late Rally Carries Thunderbirds To Shootout Victory In Everett

Mathew Barzal tied the game 2-2 with 25 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime with division-leading Everett. After a scoreless overtime, Donovan Neuls and Barzal provided shootout goals to give Seattle an important two points Saturday.

1090 The Fan–02/14/2015

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