Justin Hickman

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp and the rest of Seattle's squad searching for consistency as team enters February. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Mixed Results For Seattle Over Beginning Half Of Road Trip

Seattle (23-19-3-3) picked up an important victory over Spokane Sunday to claim sole possession of third place in the U.S. division only to surrender a late lead in Kamloops Wednesday. The team travels to Prince George for a pair of weekend games still searching for consistency.

1090 The Fan–01/29/2015

The Thunderbirds welcome back veteran forward Roberts Lipsbergs, an import player from Latvia. The hope is Lipsbergs can slide into void left by Justin Hickman, providing scoring and leadership. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Roberts Lipsbergs Returns To The Thunderbirds

When the season began, Lipsbergs was a part of a large contingent of players vying for the three overage spots on the T-Birds’ roster. Ultimately, Lipsbergs was forced to leave. Hickman’s injury opened up the opportunity to return, one that he jumped at.

1090 The Fan–01/15/2015

The Thunderbirds lost forward Justin Hickman (right) to season-ending shoulder surgery. His departure necessitated two corresponding moves in which Seattle general manager Russ Farwell added former T-Bird Roberts Lipsbergs and acquired Cory Millette from Prince Albert last week. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Busy Week Of Transactions For T-Birds Analyzed

Taran Kozun’s 2.23 goals against average in 32 starts through January 4 is tops among all qualified Western Hockey League netminders. That reliability between the pipes has kept Seattle (20-16-2-3) in nearly every game, giving it hope for an aggressive playoff push in the second half.

1090 The Fan–01/12/2015

New Thunderbirds forward Cory Millette (left) races to challenge an Americans player for the puck Sunday. Millette scored a goal and had an assist in his first game with the T-Birds. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Notebook: Millette Joins Team, Konowalchuk Adjusts Power Play

The 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.

1090 The Fan–01/11/2015

Thunderbirds rookie forward Donovan Neuls (right) celebrates his game-winning score in the shootout Friday against division-rival Tri-City with teammate Ethan Bear (left). Neuls has four goals this season and has been a key member of the Seattle roster as it climbs up the Western Conference standings. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Can Thunderbirds Make Playoff Push In Second Half?

Despite being without 40 percent of its scoring at one point, Seattle went 5-1 in the first six games out of the holiday break to climb into the sixth position in the Western Conference standings.

1090 The Fan–01/06/2015

Thunderbirds forward Donovan Neuls (19) scores the game-winning goal in the shootout Friday as Seattle earned a 3-2 win over Tri-City. Neuls also had a goal in the second period to give the T-Birds their initial lead. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Rookies Lead Thunderbirds To Sixth Consecutive Win

Rookies Donovan Neuls and Nolan Volcan provided the goals and goaltender Taran Kozun posted 24 saves to lift the Thunderbirds to their sixth consecutive win Friday.

1090 The Fan–01/03/2015

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (left) watches his shot trickle through the legs of Everett goaltender Austin Lotz (30) and over the goal line in the second period Tuesday. Kolesar scored twice and added an assist in Seattle's 4-2 win over its division rival. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kolesar, Mumaugh Lead T-Birds Past Everett In Important Divisional Match

Keegan 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.

1090 The Fan–12/31/2014

Thunderbirds rookie forward Luke Osterman battles along the boards against Portland center Skyler McKechnie during Saturday's game. Seattle held off Portland for a 4-3 win to open the second half of its season. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Hold Off Portland In Return To Ice

Ryan Gropp and Jerret Smith each had a goal and an assist while goaltender Taran Kozun provided 22 saves to lead the Thunderbirds to their fourth win in five games against their rival.

1090 The Fan–12/28/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds forward Justin Hickman (9) defends as Royals defenseman Ryan Gagnon (3) skates with the puck in the T-Birds' zone Tuesday. Hickman provided a goal and two assists while transitioning to center in a 5-4 Seattle win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Hickman Moves To Center For T-Birds

Down their top two centers in Mathew Barzal (lower body) and Alexander True, the latter competing in the 2014 World Junior Challenge for Team Denmark, the Thunderbirds moved captain Justin Hickman to the center position on their top line.

1090 The Fan–12/17/2014

Thunderbirds forward Donovan Neuls (third from left) celebrates with Scott Eansor (8), Nolan Volcan (second from left) and Evan Wardley (27) after his game-tying goal late in the third period. Seattle went on to beat Victoria 5-4 Tuesday night at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Despite Squandering Early Lead, T-Birds Get Important Win Over Victoria To End First Half

Just as thoughts of a disastrous first-half conclusion began forming, Seattle (14-15-2-2) answered with two late goals from Donovan Neuls and Ryan Gropp to earn a 5-4 victory in front of 5,099 at the ShoWare Center.

1090 The Fan–12/17/2014

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