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.
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).
Delnov scored two second period goals to give the Thunderbirds a 2-1 lead and the team never looked back from that point forward. Playing alongside Delnov on the T-Birds’ third line, Branden Troock (goal) and Ryan Gropp (goal and two assists) also had good games.
Seattle (13-9-1-3) played an aggressive, intense hockey game from the opening face off, an effort it desperately needed after a troubling loss at Vancouver Friday night. Hickman scored two goals, including the tying goal with under four minutes to play. Roberts Lipsbergs extended his goal streak to four consecutive games, and Mathew Barzal chocked up two more assists to give him 22 through 26 games in his rookie season.
Mumaugh finished with 47 saves on 50 shots against Kelowna Tuesday, but endured the shoot-out loss to drop his record to 6-4-1-3. Mumaugh has played in 15 games thus far for the T-Birds and has posted a .916 save percentage and 3.14 goals-against-average (GAA). On the other hand, the T-Birds other goalie Justin Myles has a .890 save percentage and 3.86 GAA in 12 games.
Mumaugh, 17, is the younger of the two goalies. He’s played in eight games this season for the T-Birds, posting a .920 save percentage. Meanwhile, Justin Myles, has played in nine games and has posted a .905 save percentage.
One night after blowing a late two-goal lead to its opponent, the Seattle Thunderbirds (9-3-0-1) roared back for a six goal effort in defeating Swift Current 6-3.
Roberts Lipsbergs had a hat trick and Alexander Delnov had two goals to pace the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 6-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday.