Mathew Barzal

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (12) contends for the puck against Tri-City defenseman Riley Hillis (3) Friday. Gropp had a goal and an assist in Seattle's 3-1 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Scouts See Good Game From T-Birds’ Gropp

Seattle’s 6-foot-2 leading scorer entered Friday’s contest with 12 goals and 10 assists through 27 games. He now has 13 goals and 11 assists for a six-point advantage over the Thunderbirds’ next leading scorer.

1090 The Fan–12/06/2014

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) lies on the ice in front of Kootenay goaltender Wyatt Hoflin Saturday. Kolesar and the T-Birds fell 5-2 to the Ice. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Iced By Surging Kootenay

Riding an emotional 3-2 win over the Silvertips, Seattle (10-12-2-2) opened a four-game homestand with a flat performance against the Ice. Since the departure of Barzal due to a lower-body injury, Seattle is 3-7. Comparatively, its opponent Saturday is 8-2 since the return of star center Sam Reinhart.

1090 The Fan–11/30/2014

Thunderbirds rookie defenseman Sahvan Khaira (7) is knocked over by Chiefs forward Calder Brooks (20) as Lane Pederson (15) watches on. Spokane edged Seattle 2-1 Friday at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Late Seattle Penalties Hand Spokane 2-1 Win

In an even first period where shots on goal were 12 apiece, consecutive tripping penalties called on the T-Birds with under six minutes to play led to a 5-on-3 power play for the Chiefs who quickly capitalized.

1090 The Fan–11/22/2014

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) skates by Chiefs defenseman Matt Sozanski (21) in Friday's 2-1 loss to Spokane. Kolesar was named to the NHL November Watch List along with teammates Ryan Gropp, Mathew Barzal and Ethan Bear. All four are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kolesar, Gropp Among T-Birds Forwards On NHL Watch List

The NHL Central Scouting department released its November Watch List for 2015 Entry Draft eligible prospects who are displaying the skills that may warrant selection. In addition to center Mathew Barzal who was given an “A” grade, Seattle forwards Ryan Gropp and Keegan Kolesar were tagged with “B” grades. T-Birds defenseman Ethan Bear received a “C” grade.

1090 The Fan–11/22/2014

Thunderbirds forward Donovan Neuls (19) battles for the puck against a Red Deer defender in Seattle's most recent home game. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Return Home Looking To Find Consistency

Seattle (9-10-2-1) returns home for six of its next seven games after a 2-4 road swing through the Eastern Conference. The trip started off well enough with a 6-2 win over Prince Albert, only to end with losses in four of the final five games.

11/21/2014

Thunderbirds forward Scott Eansor (8) fights for a loose puck with Red Deer defenseman Kayle Doetzel (8) as Keegan Kolesar (28) watches. The T-Birds edged Red Deer 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun, Hickman Lead Seattle To Shootout Win Over Red Deer

Kozun posted 37 saves and Justin Hickman scored both regulation goals as well as the lone shootout marker to lead the Thunderbirds to an important win as it heads on a 11-day, six-game road trip through the Eastern Conference.

11/05/2014

Thunderbirds goalie Taran Kozun (center) blocks the shot of Vancouver's Carter Popoff (42) in Saturday's game. The Giants won 1-0 with a late third period goal. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Giants’ Reserve Goalie Comes Up Large In Shutout Win Over Thunderbirds

In spite of 38 shots on goal, Seattle could not put a puck past Vancouver (7-8) goaltender Cody Porter in a 1-0 loss to a Giants squad that entered with a four-game losing streak. Vancouver’s Alec Baer scored the decisive goal, beating Taran Kozun at 12:46 of the third period.

1090 The Fan–11/01/2014

Thunderbirds forward Alexander True (16) fires a shot on goal in Thursday's 5-2 over Edmonton. True scored the T-Birds third goal in the second period. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Drill Oil Kings 5-2

Barzal, the T-Birds leading scorer, had a goal and an assist, Pederson had two goals and Scott Eansor two assists to lead Seattle’s scoring in its win over the reigning Memorial Cup Champions. Pederson’s goals were the rookie’s first of his Western Hockey League career.

1090 The Fan–10/31/2014

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Seattle Snaps Four-Game Losing Streak With First Home Win Of Season

The Thunderbirds snapped a four-game losing streak Friday night by beating U.S. Division rival Spokane 5-3 in front of 3,454 at the ShoWare Center. A second-period Mathew Barzal goal opened the floodgates for a Seattle team that was struggling to score.

1090 The Fan–10/25/2014

Seattle forwards Ryan Gropp (12) and Justin Hickman (9) battle for a loose puck in front of Kamloops goalie Connor Ingram. The Blazers got a late overtime goal to earn the 5-4 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Bounces Go Blazers Way As Seattle Drops Fourth Straight

The Thunderbirds concluded a trying run of four games in five nights with their fourth consecutive loss, a 5-4 overtime defeat at the hands of Kamloops.

1090 The Fan–10/19/2014

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