Mathew Barzal

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

Thunderbirds rookie forward Donovan Neuls (right) celebrates his game-winning score in the shootout Friday against division-rival Tri-City with teammate Ethan Bear (left). Neuls has four goals this season and has been a key member of the Seattle roster as it climbs up the Western Conference standings. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Can Thunderbirds Make Playoff Push In Second Half?

Despite being without 40 percent of its scoring at one point, Seattle went 5-1 in the first six games out of the holiday break to climb into the sixth position in the Western Conference standings.

1090 The Fan–01/06/2015

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (left) watches his shot trickle through the legs of Everett goaltender Austin Lotz (30) and over the goal line in the second period Tuesday. Kolesar scored twice and added an assist in Seattle's 4-2 win over its division rival. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kolesar, Mumaugh Lead T-Birds Past Everett In Important Divisional Match

Keegan Kolesar scored two goals and added an assist to lead Seattle (17-15-2-2) to just its second win in five games against division-leading Everett (21-11-3-1). Ethan Bear had a late goal to go with two assists, and reserve goaltender Danny Mumaugh had 28 saves in his sixth start.

1090 The Fan–12/31/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds forward Justin Hickman (9) defends as Royals defenseman Ryan Gagnon (3) skates with the puck in the T-Birds' zone Tuesday. Hickman provided a goal and two assists while transitioning to center in a 5-4 Seattle win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Hickman Moves To Center For T-Birds

Down their top two centers in Mathew Barzal (lower body) and Alexander True, the latter competing in the 2014 World Junior Challenge for Team Denmark, the Thunderbirds moved captain Justin Hickman to the center position on their top line.

1090 The Fan–12/17/2014

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) skates to the net in a game against Spokane in November. Kolesar has two goals and two assists in his last two games. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Keegan Kolesar Turning Heads For Thunderbirds

After his poor rookie campaign, there was almost zero buzz surrounding the forward from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Two short months have changed that. The word is out, and it would be more surprising now if Kolesar weren’t a high-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.

1090 The Fan–12/11/2014

Tri-City goaltender Eric Comrie (far right) looks through defenders Tyler Morrison (5) and Riley Hillis (3) for the puck in the first period of Friday's game. Seattle scored three early goals and held on for a 3-1 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Early Goals Help Thunderbirds Cruise Past Americans

Friday’s victory came on the heels of a dominant 4-1 win over Spokane Sunday when the team opened a 2-0 lead. Suddenly, Seattle (12-12-2-2) has won three of its last four after losing five of six.

1090 The Fan–12/06/2014

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

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