Justin Hickman

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

Thunderbirds defenseman Ethan Bear (25) engages in a physical battle with Portland's Alex Overhardt (17) Saturday. Portland picked up a 2-1 road win in first trip to Seattle this season. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Drop First Of Season To Rival Portland

For Seattle (13-15-2-2), the loss was its first to Portland this season and third in the last four games. The team played a much more energetic, focused and disciplined game after Friday’s 4-0 shutout loss to Tri-City.

1090 The Fan–12/13/2014

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) skates to the net in a game against Spokane in November. Kolesar has two goals and two assists in his last two games. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Keegan Kolesar Turning Heads For Thunderbirds

After his poor rookie campaign, there was almost zero buzz surrounding the forward from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Two short months have changed that. The word is out, and it would be more surprising now if Kolesar weren’t a high-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.

1090 The Fan–12/11/2014

Thunderbirds forward Justin Hickman (9) pursues Kootenay forward Sam Reinhart (23) Saturday. Reinhart had a goal and an assist in Kootenay's 5-2 win over Seattle. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Penalty Kill Struggling

Yet, despite holding a 80.8 penalty-kill percentage, good for 10th in the Western Hockey League through 25 games, Seattle has allowed four goals in 11 power-play chances over its last two games. An uncommon lapse for a team normally sound.

1090 The Fan–11/30/2014

Everett's Carter Cochrane (77) looks on as his shot beats Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun for the game-winning goal in the shootout Saturday. The Silvertips won 3-2. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Silvertips Edge T-Birds In Shootout

A late third period penalty on Seattle’s Justin Hickman led to the game-tying goal by Everett’s Graham Millar. As the 10th shooter in the shootout, Carter Cochrane scored to give the Tips a 3-2 win in the game between U.S. Division rivals.

1090 The Fan–11/23/2014

Thunderbirds forward Scott Eansor (8) fights for a loose puck with Red Deer defenseman Kayle Doetzel (8) as Keegan Kolesar (28) watches. The T-Birds edged Red Deer 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun, Hickman Lead Seattle To Shootout Win Over Red Deer

Kozun posted 37 saves and Justin Hickman scored both regulation goals as well as the lone shootout marker to lead the Thunderbirds to an important win as it heads on a 11-day, six-game road trip through the Eastern Conference.

11/05/2014

Thunderbirds goalie Taran Kozun (center) blocks the shot of Vancouver's Carter Popoff (42) in Saturday's game. The Giants won 1-0 with a late third period goal. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Giants’ Reserve Goalie Comes Up Large In Shutout Win Over Thunderbirds

In spite of 38 shots on goal, Seattle could not put a puck past Vancouver (7-8) goaltender Cody Porter in a 1-0 loss to a Giants squad that entered with a four-game losing streak. Vancouver’s Alec Baer scored the decisive goal, beating Taran Kozun at 12:46 of the third period.

1090 The Fan–11/01/2014

Thunderbirds forward Justin Hickman (right) talks to Spokane's Adam Helewka during Friday's 5-3 win over the T-Birds U.S. Division rival. Hickman scored his first two goals and had a game-high four points. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

First Goals Come For Seattle’s Justin Hickman

Seattle’s 20-year-old captain scored two goals and added two assists to lead the team with four points in its 5-3 win over Spokane.

1090 The Fan–10/25/2014

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Seattle Snaps Four-Game Losing Streak With First Home Win Of Season

The Thunderbirds snapped a four-game losing streak Friday night by beating U.S. Division rival Spokane 5-3 in front of 3,454 at the ShoWare Center. A second-period Mathew Barzal goal opened the floodgates for a Seattle team that was struggling to score.

1090 The Fan–10/25/2014

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