Mathew Barzal

Thunderbirds defenseman Evan Wardley (left) shoves Victoria forward Austin Carroll (right) in a game in February. Wardley has been on the ice in all but three games since his second suspension served in November, something head coach Steve Konowalchuk has mandated. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Physical Presence Of Evan Wardley Huge For Thunderbirds As Playoffs Approach

Wardley’s hits set the tone for the way Seattle likes to play. Because of his presence, Seattle is able to match up well with most top lines around the Western Hockey League. When Wardley is on the ice, opponents notice.

1090 The Fan–03/05/2015

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

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun (left) peers to his left where Portland's Miles Koules (right) prepares to shoot at an open net. Turner Ottenbreit (center) is all that stands in Koules' way. Portland secured a 5-2 win over rival Seattle Saturday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Rival Portland Hands Thunderbirds Third Consecutive Loss At Home

The seven point difference separating Seattle (31-23-4-4) and Portland grew to nine with Seattle’s 5-2 loss Saturday in front of 5,035 at the ShoWare Center. With 10 games to play, the deficit appears insurmountable.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2015

Thunderbirds forward Roberts Lipsbergs (right) gets tripped up by Prince George defender Joseph Carvalho during Friday's game. The Cougars overcame a two-goal deficit to up-end Seattle 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Prince George, Lack Of Discipline Trip Up Seattle In Overtime Loss

In all, the game featured 30 assessed infractions, 102 combined penalty minutes and 13 power plays.

1090 The Fan–02/28/2015

Calgary defenders Colby Harmsworth (far left) and Keegan Kanzig (right) block the front of their net as Seattle looks to score. Despite taking an early lead, Seattle surrendered three unanswered goals to the Hitmen in an eventual 3-2 loss. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Calgary Stifles Thunderbirds In Nonconference Battle

The Hitmen (37-18-1-4) throttled Seattle, handing it a 3-2 defeat in front of 5,132 at the ShoWare Center Tuesday. The Seattle forwards found little room to operate all night, managing just 20 shots on goal after scoring 14 times in its last three games.

1090 The Fan–02/25/2015

Thunderbirds forward Cory Millette battles with Everett's Cole MacDonald during Saturday's game. Acquired at January's trade deadline from Prince Albert, the veteran Millette has been a tremendous source of offense. Through 19 games, he has nine goals and 10 assists. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Notebook: Cory Millette Providing Needed Scoring

In 19 games since coming over to the Thunderbirds from Prince Albert, Millette has provided nine goals and 10 assists while filling an important veteran role in Justin Hickman’s absence.

1090 The Fan–02/22/2015

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 forward Mathew Barzal skates with the puck during Sunday's loss to Victory. Barzal delivered four assists in Friday's 4-3 overtime win against Lethbridge while playing increased minutes. (Photo by Brian LIesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Notebook: Barzal Sees Added Ice Time, Young Goalie Signed

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.

1090 The Fan–02/21/2015

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun reaches to make a save during Friday's game as teammates Scott Eansor (center) and Ethan Bear (far right) defend. Kozun made 20 saves as Seattle rallied for a 4-3 overtime win against Lethbridge. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Late Rally Lifts Seattle Over Hurricanes

Mathew Barzal assisted on all four of Seattle’s goals to lead the offense. Millette added a goal and two assists playing alongside the second-year center and Shea Theodore had a goal and an assist for the T-Birds.

1090 The Fan–02/21/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Turner Ottenbreit (bottom) is dropped to the ice by Victoria forward Brandon Fushimi during Sunday's game. Fushimi and the Royals opened a 3-0 lead after one period in coasting to a 6-3 win over Seattle. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Victoria Hands “Loose” T-Birds 6-3 Loss

A team head coach Steve Konowalchuk described as “pretty loose” in the hours leading up to the 5 p.m. start, was trounced by Victoria (32-21-3-1) over the first 20 minutes en route to a 6-3 loss in front of 4,368 at the ShoWare Center. Not the way Seattle (29-21-3-4) wanted to begin its six-game homestand.

1090 The Fan–02/15/2015

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