Seattle completed its regular-season series with the Winterhawks with a superior 7-4-1-0 record over their bitter Interstate-5 rival. The series was really a tale of two halves with the T-Birds winning five of the first six and Portland taking four of the final six.
Barzal, 17, has played in 14 games since returning to the Thunderbirds’ lineup January 23 after missing nearly 11 weeks with a fractured knee cap. After a slow start, Barzal has rounded into the form expected of him with four goals and 14 assists.
Kozun yielded three goals in 15:49 of the first period before being pulled for backup Logan Flodell with Seattle in a 3-0 hole. He was caught out of position on the Royals’ first two goals before being beat by a great pass on the third goal.
In 13 games with the Hawks, Flodell was 8-4 with a .901 save percentage and 2.44 goals against average. Mumaugh finished his hockey career with a 18-21-4-4 record over three seasons with Seattle. He had a career save percentage of .887 and 3.67 goals against average.
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.
Rookie Logan Flodell made 37 saves on 40 shots in his first appearance and start of the 2014 season in a 3-1 loss to Prince George Friday night. The 17-year-old made the Thunderbirds roster as one of three goalies after a strong camp.
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.