The Thunderbirds concluded a trying run of four games in five nights with their fourth consecutive loss, a 5-4 overtime defeat at the hands of Kamloops.
In their last three losses, Seattle (4-5-0-1) has surrendered 117 shots on goal, a byproduct of its issues on defense. With Ethan Bear hurt, Evan Wardley suspended and Shea Theodore still with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, the T-Birds are currently relying on younger players.
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.
Kolesar, 16, who had played in all 26 previous games, did not register a point in the 6-3 win over Victoria. The right wing who will play for Team West at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge beginning in late December, has one goal and three assists this year for Seattle.
Forwards Mathew Barzal and Keegan Kolesar join defenseman Ethan Bear, all currently on the T-Birds roster, as selections for the week-long tournament held in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia from December 29-January 4th, 2014.
In their shootout loss to Tri-City on Friday, the Thunderbirds finished 0-for-5 on the power play. Against the Giants, Saturday, the team wasted no time getting that fixed, scoring on its first two chances to take a 3-1 lead after the first period.
Seattle forward Riley Sheen relishes being an all-around hockey player. Over 12 games now this season, Sheen has eight points (three goals and five assists) while being instrumental as a penalty killer.