Bear Blasts T-Birds Past Rockets In Game 1Ethan Bear scored a power-play goal with 12 seconds left in Game 1 of the WHL Western Conference Championship Friday night at ShoWare Center to give the Seattle Thunderbirds a 5-4 win over the Kelowna Rockets.
Thunderbirds Center Mathew Barzal Wants To WinBarzal was selected with the 16th overall selection in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders on Friday.
Thunderbirds Sign Last Year's Top Bantam PickTyszka was Seattle's first-round pick (16 overall) in the 2014 Bantam Draft. He joins a defense unit which returns Ethan Bear, Jared Hauf, Jerret Smith, Turner Ottenbreit and Sahvan Khaira for next season.
Calgary Stifles Thunderbirds In Nonconference BattleThe 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.
Theodore Passes Channell On All-Time ListShea 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.
Seattle Picks Up Needed Point On Division-Rival ChiefsShortly after surrendering three goals and the lead in the second period, the T-Birds responded by out-shooting Spokane 14-3 in the third period to force overtime.
T-Birds Notebook: Millette Joins Team, Konowalchuk Adjusts Power PlayThe 19-year-old forward was acquired from Prince Albert Thursday by the T-Birds in exchange for a conditional sixth-round selection in either the 2015 or 2016 Bantam Draft.
Kolesar, Mumaugh Lead T-Birds Past Everett In Important Divisional MatchKeegan Kolesar scored two goals and added an assist to lead Seattle (17-15-2-2) to just its second win in five games against division-leading Everett (21-11-3-1). Ethan Bear had a late goal to go with two assists, and reserve goaltender Danny Mumaugh had 28 saves in his sixth start.
Scouts See Good Game From T-Birds' GroppSeattle's 6-foot-2 leading scorer entered Friday's contest with 12 goals and 10 assists through 27 games. He now has 13 goals and 11 assists for a six-point advantage over the Thunderbirds' next leading scorer.
Shea Theodore Back With Thunderbirds, Ready To LeadTheodore, 19, has played in seven games since returning last month. He's expected back in the lineup this weekend after missing the past two games with the flu. His return brings scoring stability and leadership in an inexperienced Thunderbirds squad in need.
Young Seattle Defenseman Scores First Career WHL GoalKhaira, 16, has played in 21 games through the first two months of his debut WHL season. Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk has seen the 6-foot-3, 213-pound defender from Surrey, B.C. progress in his first season above the Bantam level.
Maxwell's Late Goal Helps Seattle Hold Off Tri-CityShea Theodore had three assists and Mathew Barzal provided two to lead the Thunderbirds' scorers on a night the team won their eighth consecutive home game and earned their first season series win over Tri-City since the 2004-05 campaign.