Thunderbirds Center Mathew Barzal Wants To WinBarzal was selected with the 16th overall selection in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders on Friday.
Thunderbirds Expect Rookie Class To Take Large Leap ForwardThe offseason is of vital importance to Seattle, a team that played 11 rookies over the course of the 2014-15 season. All are expected back for the 2015-16 campaign including goaltender Logan Flodell who will be counted on, at least in part, to replace WHL Top Goaltender finalist Taran Kozun.
An Early Look At 2015-16 For Seattle ThunderbirdsSeattle's first-round playoff exit precipitated a sudden turn of the page to the 2015-16 season. Evan Wardley is one of a quartet of players moving on in their respective hockey careers, while potentially 11 first-year players return for their sophomore seasons with the Thunderbirds.
Thunderbirds Notebook: Alexander True Returns, Eansor-Line ScoresTrue, 17, played sparingly Tuesday in his first game action since suffering a wrist fracture January 13 against Spokane.
Thunderbirds Blaze Past Kamloops With Late Hauf GoalJared Hauf connected on a slap shot from the left point, beating Kamloops netminder Connor Ingram for the go-ahead goal with less than five minutes to play. An empty-net goal from Nick Holowko in the final seconds solidified the Thunderbirds' 3-1 win.
Gropp Line Playing Well Despite Lack Of PointsIn the 12 games over the month of February, the unit's scoring production wasn't consistent with their activity. Not one of the three forwards topped seven points for the month in which they combined for 18 as a group.
Thunderbirds Demolish Everett In Dominant Shutout WinSeattle scored four second-period goals en route to a 7-0 skinning of the first-place Silvertips in front of 5,008 at the ShoWare Center. It was the worst shutout loss for Everett since it was beaten 8-0 by Portland January 12, 2013.
Late Rally Carries Thunderbirds To Shootout Victory In EverettMathew Barzal tied the game 2-2 with 25 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime with division-leading Everett. After a scoreless overtime, Donovan Neuls and Barzal provided shootout goals to give Seattle an important two points Saturday.
Theodore Passes Channell On All-Time ListShea Theodore passed former defenseman Craig Channell, a Seattle Breaker from 1979-82, with two assists in a 6-3 victory Friday night against the Portland Winterhawks.
Seattle Emerges With Four Points After Sweeping Prince GeorgeWith the playoffs inching closer, the doubleheader presented a good opportunity for Seattle (25-19-3-3) to pick up four points and build some confidence offensively.
Roberts Lipsbergs Returns To The ThunderbirdsWhen 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.
Seattle Picks Up Needed Point On Division-Rival ChiefsShortly 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.