Keegan Kolesar

(Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Center Mathew Barzal Wants To Win

Barzal was selected with the 16th overall selection in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders on Friday.

1090 The Fan–07/02/2015

(Photo credit: Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Expect Rookie Class To Take Large Leap Forward

The 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.

1090 The Fan–04/29/2015

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An Early Look At 2015-16 For Seattle Thunderbirds

Seattle’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.

1090 The Fan–04/18/2015

Thunderbirds center Scott Eansor (right) presses Silvertips forward Dawson Leedahl into the glass last week. Eansor scored four points in Seattle's 7-3 win over Tri-City Tuesday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Notebook: Alexander True Returns, Eansor-Line Scores

True, 17, played sparingly Tuesday in his first game action since suffering a wrist fracture January 13 against Spokane.

1090 The Fan–03/18/2015

Thunderbirds forwards Nolan Volcan (left) and Calvin Spencer (right) sandwich an opponent during a Western Hockey League game last month. Seattle beat Kamloops 3-1 Saturday at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Blaze Past Kamloops With Late Hauf Goal

Jared 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.

1090 The Fan–03/07/2015

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (left) watches the puck as he attempts to skate past Portland defenseman Layne Viveiros during Saturday's game. Gropp and his linemates Keegan Kolesar and Scott Eansor created numerous scoring opportunities but could not put a shot past goaltender Adin Hill. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Gropp Line Playing Well Despite Lack Of Points

In 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.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2015

The Seattle Thunderbirds celebrate with goaltender Taran Kozun (far left) after a 7-0 shutout victory over Everett Saturday. Ryan Gropp (center) had a goal and an assist while Kozun stopped 15 shots. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Demolish Everett In Dominant Shutout Win

Seattle 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.

1090 The Fan–02/21/2015

Thunderbirds manage late goal to force overtime against Everett. This photo shows team in an early-season game with Kelowna. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Late Rally Carries Thunderbirds To Shootout Victory In Everett

Mathew 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.

1090 The Fan–02/14/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Shea Theodore (center) became the franchise's leading scorer among defensemen with two assists in Friday's win over Portland. Theodore now has 188 career points, one better than Craig Channell, a Seattle Breaker from 1979-82. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Theodore Passes Channell On All-Time List

Shea 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.

1090 The Fan–02/07/2015

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (center) works hard to score against Kelowna in a game earlier this season. Kolesar had two goals and two assists in Seattle's 9-2 win over Prince George Friday night. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Emerges With Four Points After Sweeping Prince George

With 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.

1090 The Fan–01/31/2015

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