Mathew Barzal Signs With New York IslandersBarzal was 16th overall selection in 2015 NHL Draft
Thunderbirds Center Mathew Barzal Wants To WinBarzal was selected with the 16th overall selection in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders on Friday.
Thunderbirds Acquire Forward From LethbridgeWith the exchange of overage players, Seattle remains set at the limit of three. In addition to Watson, the Thunderbirds are expected to return 20-year-old defensemen Jared Hauf and Jerret Smith.
An Early Look At 2015-16 For Seattle ThunderbirdsSeattle'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.
Penalties, Poor Start Doom T-Birds In LossThrough the first three games, Seattle did an effective job of staying out of the penalty box and not handing the offensive juggernaut of Portland unnecessary man-advantages. That was not the case in Game 4.
T-Birds Take Crucial Game 3Seattle defenseman Jerret Smith scored twice, including an empty-net goal at 18:34 of the third period, to give the T-Birds a 2-1 series lead.
With First Two-Goal Game, Barzal Leads Seattle To Game 1 VictoryBarzal scored scored the game-winning goal at 17:18 to cap a late third-period rally by the lower-seeded Thunderbirds.
Kozun Earns MVP At Thunderbirds Annual Year-End Awards CeremonyThe biggest award, though, went to overage goaltender Taran Kozun. Kozun, 20, was named the team's Most Valuable Player after a season in which he finished with a 2.41 goals against average.
Gropp Continues Hot Streak As Seattle Drops PortlandSeattle 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.
Thunderbirds Notebook: Alexander True Returns, Eansor-Line ScoresTrue, 17, played sparingly Tuesday in his first game action since suffering a wrist fracture January 13 against Spokane.
Eansor's Hat Trick Carries Seattle Over Tri-CityEansor capped a four-goal third period for Seattle (35-25-4-5) with the easiest goal of the bunch. His empty-net goal tallied his first career Western Hockey League hat trick in an eventual 7-3 victory over their U.S. division-rival in front of 6,084 at the ShoWare Center.
Physical Presence Of Evan Wardley Huge For Thunderbirds As Playoffs ApproachWardley'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.