It was a game the Thunderbirds absolutely had to have after a 3-game losing skid left their grip on the No. 4 seed tenuous. Shea Theodore finished with three assists, Danny Mumaugh had 32 saves in his first start in eight games and Alexander Delnov tallied his 28th goal of the season to lift the T-Birds.
Barzal and Gropp, each playing in the midst of their rookie campaigns for Seattle, are clearly two of the brightest young players Seattle has, and both are playing at a high level currently for head coach Steve Konowalchuk.
After Seattle’s 3-2 shootout victory against Moose Jaw, Tuesday, Kozun is now 4-0 with two shutouts. Kozun, 19, went 3-0 with a 0.65 goals-against-average and a .977 save percentage last week in earning himself the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award.
Seattle (28-14-2-3) won its sixth straight game behind another excellent game between the pipes for newly acquired goalie Taran Kozun.
Seattle sent goaltender Justin Myles along with defenseman Austin Douglas and a 2015 fourth round Bantam draft selection to the Blazers for goaltender Taran Kozun.
Roberts Lipsbergs and Alexander Delnov, playing on the same line for the majority of Saturday’s game with the team still shorthanded, combined to deliver seven points, including the late equalizer and overtime game-winner as Seattle stunned Spokane with a 4-3 overtime victory, Saturday.
After being outscored 22-3, the T-Birds went into Prince George and came away with consecutive wins Tuesday and Wednesday to end a 5-game losing streak and at least salvage part of the trip.
Seattle was hoping to close off a great month of December the right way, but got off to a disappointing start against the Blazers, a team that came in dead last in the B.C. division. Prior to Tuesday’s game, the T-Birds were 7-1-1-0 for the month.
So far through 36 games this season, coach Konowalchuk has nearly split the goal-tending duties 50-50 between Myles and 17-year-old Danny Mumaugh. Myles, 18, has now posted an 11-5 record in 19 games with a .896 save percentage and 3.39 goals-against-average (GAA).
Seattle (21-10-1-3) got off to a fast start thanks to Delnov. The 19-year-old Russian scored after he corralled a loose puck in the slot at 5:06 in the first period. He then assisted on Ryan Gropp’s goal which gave the T-Birds a 2-0 lead with just over seven minutes to play in the period.