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 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

Rookie goaltender Logan Flodell makes a save against Vancouver Monday night. Flodell is 1-1 with a 3.50 goals against average in two starts since rejoining team late January. (Photo by Vancouver Giants, WHL)

T-Birds Notebook: Where One Dream Ends, Another Begins

In 13 games with the Hawks, Flodell was 8-4 with a .901 save percentage and 2.44 goals against average. Mumaugh finished his hockey career with a 18-21-4-4 record over three seasons with Seattle. He had a career save percentage of .887 and 3.67 goals against average.

1090 The Fan–02/11/2015

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (left) forces a turnover in the neutral zone and blows by Rockets defender Cole Martin in the third period Tuesday. Gropp had an assist on Seattle's tying goal which enabled the team to edge Kelowna 2-1 at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Third-Period Rally Sends Seattle Past League-Best Kelowna

Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist to lead Seattle (28-20-3-3) which trailed 1-0 midway through the third period. Goaltender Taran Kozun saved 32 of 33 shots against the second-best offense in the Western Hockey League, a team that entered with 236 goals.

1090 The Fan–02/11/2015

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun (center) readies for a shot from a Giants forward Saturday night. Kozun stopped 38 shots in securing a 3-0 shutout win for Seattle. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Taran Kozun Shuts Out Vancouver Lifting Seattle To Fourth Consecutive Win

Kozun extended the T-Birds’ winning streak to four games with 38 saves to earn his third shutout. Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist to lead Seattle’s offense.

1090 The Fan–02/08/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Shea Theodore (center) became the franchise's leading scorer among defensemen with two assists in Friday's win over Portland. Theodore now has 188 career points, one better than Craig Channell, a Seattle Breaker from 1979-82. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Theodore Passes Channell On All-Time List

Shea Theodore passed former defenseman Craig Channell, a Seattle Breaker from 1979-82, with two assists in a 6-3 victory Friday night against the Portland Winterhawks.

1090 The Fan–02/07/2015

A Thunderbirds forward attempts to beat Portland goaltender Adin Hill during Friday's game at the ShoWare Center. Seattle won 6-3 against its rival. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Prevail Despite Squandering Three-Goal Lead To Portland

Lipsbergs provided two goals and two assists in Seattle’s third consecutive win, sixth over Portland in nine games this season. And with two assists Friday, Shea Theodore became Seattle’s all-time leading scorer on defense with 188, one more than Craig Channell.

1090 The Fan–02/07/2015

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (center) works hard to score against Kelowna in a game earlier this season. Kolesar had two goals and two assists in Seattle's 9-2 win over Prince George Friday night. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Emerges With Four Points After Sweeping Prince George

With the playoffs inching closer, the doubleheader presented a good opportunity for Seattle (25-19-3-3) to pick up four points and build some confidence offensively.

1090 The Fan–01/31/2015

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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