Keegan Kolesar

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

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (left) watches his shot slip past Chiefs goaltender Garret Hughson (right) and into the net during Tuesday's shootout. Kolesar's shootout goal as the ninth shooter secured a 5-4 shootout win for Seattle. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Picks Up Needed Point On Division-Rival Chiefs

Shortly after surrendering three goals and the lead in the second period, the T-Birds responded by out-shooting Spokane 14-3 in the third period to force overtime.

1090 The Fan–01/14/2015

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 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

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

Medicine Hat defenseman Kyle Becker (12) skates with the puck as Thunderbirds forward Scott Eansor (8) does his best to defend Saturday. The Tigers, the second best team in the Eastern Conference, built a 4-1 lead against Seattle and held on for the 5-3 win at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Medicine Hat Deals Thunderbirds 5-3 Nonconference Loss

Despite a late push from Keegan Kolesar, the Eastern Conference squad held on for a 5-3 road victory over Seattle. Zach Fischer provided a goal and an assist to lead Medicine Hat, while points leader Trevor Cox notched his 33rd assist, second-best in the Western Hockey League.

1090 The Fan–12/07/2014

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