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Thunderbirds

T-Birds Fall In Game 1 To Rockets

The Seattle Thunderbirds fell 6-2 to the Kelowna Rockets in the first game of the best-of-seven series.

1090 The Fan–04/04/2014

(Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Gear Up For Kelowna

After suffering a heart-breaking series loss to the Rockets in seven games last season in which the team led three games to zero, Seattle rebounded to go 2-1-0-1 in its four regular-season contests against the Rockets. However, both teams earned a total of five standings points from the series.

1090 The Fan–04/02/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds players defend in their zone in a game earlier this month. Seattle will face Everett in the first round of the WHL playoffs beginning Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at the ShoWare Center in Kent. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Earns No. 4 Seed, Will Take On Everett In First Round

With the Thunderbirds’ 6-1 win at Tri-City and the Silvertips’ 5-4 shootout loss to Portland, both teams finished with 88 points. That meant that Seattle (41-25-2-4), by virtue of its higher win total, won the tiebreaker over Everett (39-23-7-3) and earned the No. 4 seed.

1090 The Fan–03/17/2014

(Photo by Kyle Scholzen, WHL)

Critical Win Eludes Seattle As Spokane Inches Closer

Two late third period goals allowed Spokane to inch closer to Seattle with a 6-4 win, Tuesday night. Spokane now sits fifth, just two points behind the Thunderbirds in fourth place and three in front of Everett in sixth.

1090 The Fan–03/11/2014

Seattle players Sam McKechnie (5) and Ryan Gropp (12), center, protect the goal in front of goalie Taran Kozun, Saturday night. The T-Birds defeated Portland 4-1, snapping Portland's 21-game win streak. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun, Seattle Snap Portland’s Near-Record Streak

Late goals from forwards Justin Hickman and Brendan Troock carried Seattle to a statement-making 4-1 win over Portland, Saturday at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Goalie Taran Kozun had 41 saves and Seattle halted one of the greatest regular-season streaks in WHL history.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds' players including Mathew Barzal (13) celebrate a goal in a game earlier this season. In their current 3-game losing skid, the T-Birds are averaging 2.3 goals per game. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Sliding T-Birds Looking For Consistency

The problem with the T-Birds lately, as coach Konowalchuk sees it, is the consistency to a man through all four lines. He’s seeing too many turnovers, soft plays and just overall “casual moments.”

1090 The Fan–02/23/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds' defenseman Shea Theodore is upended by a Tri-City player earlier this month. While Theodore scored the game's first goal, Saturday night, the T-Birds stumbled, losing 3-2 to Kamloops in a shootout. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Drops Third Straight In Shootout Loss To Kamloops

Kamloops (13-44-2-3) continued its dominance over Seattle thanks to a Matt Bellerive game-winning shootout goal on a shot that just inched past the goal line. The Blazers forced extra time despite being out shot 16-2 in a third period the teams entered tied 2-2.

1090 The Fan–02/22/2014

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Hickman, T-Birds Beat Everett Again

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.

1090 The Fan–02/04/2014

Seattle forward Ryan Gropp, seen here anticipating a face off in October, has stepped up in an increased role due to recent injuries to his Thunderbirds teammates. (Photo by WHL)

Gropp Excelling In New Role

(1090 The Fan) — One of the bright spots for Seattle over its recent winning stretch (nine victories in the last 10 games), has been rookie Ryan Gropp. Gropp, 17, whom we highlighted earlier this […]

1090 The Fan–01/27/2014

A group of Seattle Thunderbirds, led by Mathew Barzal (13) and Justin Hickman, celebrate a goal against Kelowna, Sunday. Seattle beat the Rockets 4-1.

Kozun, Lipsbergs Lead Seattle To Win Over League-Best Kelowna

Seattle (31-15-2-3) out-hustled and out-worked a Rockets team that has dominated their foes all season, winning 4-1 at the ShoWare Center. Roberts Lipsbergs had a goal and an assist and Shea Theodore provided another power-play goal to propel the Thunderbirds.

1090 The Fan–01/26/2014

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