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Seattle forward Roberts Lipsbergs (right) skates up the ice during Tuesday's game against Calgary. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Projected To Face Portland In Revamped Playoff Format

As things stand currently, Seattle will face bitter rival Portland in the first round, with the Winterhawks holding home ice thanks to an eight-point edge in the U.S. Division standings.

1090 The Fan–02/26/2015

Shea Theodore (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Under Investigation, Hockey League Seeks Labor Law Exemption

Officials from the state’s WHL teams and the league office said the Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, Tri-City Americans and Everett Silvertips might have to leave or shut down if state law isn’t changed to consider amateur athletes non-employees

1090 The Fan–02/18/2015

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 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

Thunderbirds rookie forward Luke Osterman battles along the boards against Portland center Skyler McKechnie during Saturday's game. Seattle held off Portland for a 4-3 win to open the second half of its season. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Hold Off Portland In Return To Ice

Ryan Gropp and Jerret Smith each had a goal and an assist while goaltender Taran Kozun provided 22 saves to lead the Thunderbirds to their fourth win in five games against their rival.

1090 The Fan–12/28/2014

Thunderbirds defenseman Ethan Bear (25) engages in a physical battle with Portland's Alex Overhardt (17) Saturday. Portland picked up a 2-1 road win in first trip to Seattle this season. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Drop First Of Season To Rival Portland

For Seattle (13-15-2-2), the loss was its first to Portland this season and third in the last four games. The team played a much more energetic, focused and disciplined game after Friday’s 4-0 shutout loss to Tri-City.

1090 The Fan–12/13/2014

Thunderbirds defenseman Evan Wardley (27) fights with Vancouver center Gage Ramsey in a game earlier this month. Wardley returned from his second suspension Saturday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Evan Wardley Makes Return From Suspension

Wardley, 20, missed the previous five games after being suspended by the Western Hockey League for a checking from behind penalty against Saskatoon on November 8. It was Wardley’s second suspension of the 2014-15 season.

1090 The Fan–11/23/2014

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (12) is up-ended by the Chiefs Jason Fram (2) in an attempt to score against Spokane Tuesday. Gropp scored in the second period of a 3-2 shootout loss.

T-Birds Lament Poor Calls In Shootout Loss To Spokane

Seattle (4-3-0-1) entered the first game of a two-night home-and-away double-header against Spokane with six defensemen only to fall to three able-bodied defenders late in the first period after Ethan Bear, Turner Ottenbreit and Jared Hauf all went off with separate ailments.

1090 The Fan–10/15/2014

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