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.

Thunderbirds defenseman Jerret Smith (right) fires a shot past Everett goaltender Carter Hart (left) during Friday's shootout. Smith's goal gave Seattle a 3-2 win after goalie Taran Kozun stopped Cole MacDonald. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Smith Lifts Seattle Over Silvertips in Shootout

Roberts Lipsbergs scored both regulation goals for the Thunderbirds (34-24-4-5) before Jerret Smith netted the decisive goal in the shootout.

1090 The Fan–03/14/2015

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Cyler Miles Takes Voluntary Leave Of Absence From Huskies

The leave of absence means the junior quarterback will miss the entirety of spring practice. Miles was expected to be part of an ardent four-man competition for the starting quarterback job. Petersen opened the starting job up after a 8-6 2014 season.

1090 The Fan–03/13/2015

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Husky Combine Offers Prelude To Spring Practice

Junior running back Dwayne Washington clocked the team’s fastest time in the 40-yard dash at 4.42, impressive for the 6-foot-2, 219-pound tailback.

1090 The Fan–03/10/2015

Former Thunderbirds captain Justin Hickman (right) attempts to get past Portland's Layne Viveiros (left) in a rivalry game in December 2014. Hickman's career came to end when the forward opted for season-ending shoulder surgery in early January. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Q&A: Former Thunderbirds Captain Justin Hickman

Hickman, 20, finished 11th on Seattle’s all-time games played list with 285 over parts of five seasons. He scored 55 goals and finished with a total of 132 career points.

1090 The Fan–03/10/2015

Thunderbirds forwards Nolan Volcan (left) and Calvin Spencer (right) sandwich an opponent during a Western Hockey League game last month. Seattle beat Kamloops 3-1 Saturday at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Blaze Past Kamloops With Late Hauf Goal

Jared Hauf connected on a slap shot from the left point, beating Kamloops netminder Connor Ingram for the go-ahead goal with less than five minutes to play. An empty-net goal from Nick Holowko in the final seconds solidified the Thunderbirds’ 3-1 win.

1090 The Fan–03/07/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Evan Wardley (left) shoves Victoria forward Austin Carroll (right) in a game in February. Wardley has been on the ice in all but three games since his second suspension served in November, something head coach Steve Konowalchuk has mandated. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Physical Presence Of Evan Wardley Huge For Thunderbirds As Playoffs Approach

Wardley’s hits set the tone for the way Seattle likes to play. Because of his presence, Seattle is able to match up well with most top lines around the Western Hockey League. When Wardley is on the ice, opponents notice.

1090 The Fan–03/05/2015

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (left) watches the puck as he attempts to skate past Portland defenseman Layne Viveiros during Saturday's game. Gropp and his linemates Keegan Kolesar and Scott Eansor created numerous scoring opportunities but could not put a shot past goaltender Adin Hill. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Gropp Line Playing Well Despite Lack Of Points

In the 12 games over the month of February, the unit’s scoring production wasn’t consistent with their activity. Not one of the three forwards topped seven points for the month in which they combined for 18 as a group.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2015

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun (left) peers to his left where Portland's Miles Koules (right) prepares to shoot at an open net. Turner Ottenbreit (center) is all that stands in Koules' way. Portland secured a 5-2 win over rival Seattle Saturday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Rival Portland Hands Thunderbirds Third Consecutive Loss At Home

The seven point difference separating Seattle (31-23-4-4) and Portland grew to nine with Seattle’s 5-2 loss Saturday in front of 5,035 at the ShoWare Center. With 10 games to play, the deficit appears insurmountable.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2015

Thunderbirds forward Roberts Lipsbergs (right) gets tripped up by Prince George defender Joseph Carvalho during Friday's game. The Cougars overcame a two-goal deficit to up-end Seattle 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Prince George, Lack Of Discipline Trip Up Seattle In Overtime Loss

In all, the game featured 30 assessed infractions, 102 combined penalty minutes and 13 power plays.

1090 The Fan–02/28/2015

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–02/26/2015

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