Mathew Barzal

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (left) forces a turnover in the neutral zone and blows by Rockets defender Cole Martin in the third period Tuesday. Gropp had an assist on Seattle's tying goal which enabled the team to edge Kelowna 2-1 at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Third-Period Rally Sends Seattle Past League-Best Kelowna

Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist to lead Seattle (28-20-3-3) which trailed 1-0 midway through the third period. Goaltender Taran Kozun saved 32 of 33 shots against the second-best offense in the Western Hockey League, a team that entered with 236 goals.

1090 The Fan–02/11/2015

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun (center) readies for a shot from a Giants forward Saturday night. Kozun stopped 38 shots in securing a 3-0 shutout win for Seattle. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Taran Kozun Shuts Out Vancouver Lifting Seattle To Fourth Consecutive Win

Kozun extended the T-Birds’ winning streak to four games with 38 saves to earn his third shutout. Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist to lead Seattle’s offense.

1090 The Fan–02/08/2015

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

A Thunderbirds forward attempts to beat Portland goaltender Adin Hill during Friday's game at the ShoWare Center. Seattle won 6-3 against its rival. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Prevail Despite Squandering Three-Goal Lead To Portland

Lipsbergs provided two goals and two assists in Seattle’s third consecutive win, sixth over Portland in nine games this season. And with two assists Friday, Shea Theodore became Seattle’s all-time leading scorer on defense with 188, one more than Craig Channell.

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

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp and the rest of Seattle's squad searching for consistency as team enters February. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Mixed Results For Seattle Over Beginning Half Of Road Trip

Seattle (23-19-3-3) picked up an important victory over Spokane Sunday to claim sole possession of third place in the U.S. division only to surrender a late lead in Kamloops Wednesday. The team travels to Prince George for a pair of weekend games still searching for consistency.

1090 The Fan–01/29/2015

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (left) scored two goals in return to lineup Saturday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

At Long Last Mathew Barzal Returns To Ice For Thunderbirds

Seattle Thunderbirds second-year forward Mathew Barzal made his return to the ice Friday at Tri-City after missing more than two months after fracturing his knee cap during a practice in early November.

1090 The Fan–01/25/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Shea Theodore (left) skates after the puck in the third period of Seattle's 4-3 overtime loss to Portland Saturday. Portland goaltender Adin Hill (center) had 42 saves. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Overtime Goal Lifts Winterhawks Past Seattle

In front of a sold out crowd of 6,208 at the ShoWare Center Saturday, the Thunderbirds held a 30-13 shot advantage deep into the second period, yet trailed on the scoreboard 3-2. Seattle played much of the game in Portland’s zone, peppering Hill with shots, but the young Portland netminder was terrific.

1090 The Fan–01/25/2015

The Thunderbirds lost forward Justin Hickman (right) to season-ending shoulder surgery. His departure necessitated two corresponding moves in which Seattle general manager Russ Farwell added former T-Bird Roberts Lipsbergs and acquired Cory Millette from Prince Albert last week. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Busy Week Of Transactions For T-Birds Analyzed

Taran Kozun’s 2.23 goals against average in 32 starts through January 4 is tops among all qualified Western Hockey League netminders. That reliability between the pipes has kept Seattle (20-16-2-3) in nearly every game, giving it hope for an aggressive playoff push in the second half.

1090 The Fan–01/12/2015

Seattle goaltender Taran Kozun (center) defends his net as a host of Americans skaters converge on the goal crease with the puck Sunday. Kozun provided 31 saves in helping lead the Thunderbirds to a 4-2 win over Tri-City at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Theodore Leads Seattle Past Tri-City, 4-2 Sunday

Theodore now has five points in two games since joining the T-Birds Thursday, tying him with Thomas Hickey for second place on the Thunderbirds all-time defensive scoring list with 177 points.

1090 The Fan–01/11/2015

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