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Portland Winterhawks

(Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Thunderbirds Preview: Team Looks To Build On Second-Round Exit A Season Ago

Despite some key losses, The Thunderbirds have routinely been picked to finish in the upper half of the Western Conference, second to Portland in the U.S. Division. Seattle’s B.C. Division rivals Kelowna and Victoria are also expected to return strong squads in 2014-15.

1090 The Fan–24 hours ago

Seattle Thunderbirds' forward Mathew Barzal celebrates with teammates after a goal in a game in late January. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Final Weekend No Picnic For Weary T-Birds

The Seattle Thunderbirds emerged from a difficult stretch in which it faced four playoff teams in five nights only to face a weekend of meaningful games with just a two point lead for the No. 4 seed and home-ice advantage.

1090 The Fan–03/12/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds' forward Branden Troock (11) skates by a Tri-City defender in a game in February. Troock scored his 22nd goal of the season in Saturday's 4-1 win against Portland. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Troock Hopes Goal Gets His Game Rolling Once Again

Troock now has 22 goals on the season and 31 assists for a total of 53 points, good for third on the team behind defenseman Shea Theodore (69) and Alexander Delnov (56). It’s his hope that the goal spurs his game back to where it was in December when he was lighting the lamp nearly every night.

1090 The Fan–03/02/2014

Seattle players Sam McKechnie (5) and Ryan Gropp (12), center, protect the goal in front of goalie Taran Kozun, Saturday night. The T-Birds defeated Portland 4-1, snapping Portland's 21-game win streak. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun, Seattle Snap Portland’s Near-Record Streak

Late goals from forwards Justin Hickman and Brendan Troock carried Seattle to a statement-making 4-1 win over Portland, Saturday at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Goalie Taran Kozun had 41 saves and Seattle halted one of the greatest regular-season streaks in WHL history.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2014

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Seattle Clinches Playoff Spot

At 37-17-2-3 entering Sunday’s tilt with Prince George, Seattle resides in fourth place in the Western Conference with 79 points. The team trails Kelowna (96 points), Portland (89 points) and Victoria (84 points) in the conference standings while holding an 8-point lead on Spokane.

1090 The Fan–02/16/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds players celebrate a goal earlier this month. Could the T-Birds be celebrating a championship later this year? (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun Thinks Seattle Can Win Memorial Cup

Having come from a team in the bottom tier of the WHL Western Conference standings, goaltender Taran Kozun can appreciate the difference between a winner and a loser.

1090 The Fan–02/01/2014

Seattle goaltender Taran Kozun makes a save in a game earlier this month. Kozun improved to 7-0 as a Thunderbird since coming over at the January 10th trading deadline from Kamloops. (Photo credit WHL)

Kozun Remains Perfect As T-Birds Hold Off Everett

Seattle (32-15-2-3) has now won 10 of its last 11 games. With 20 games remaining, the team has its sight firmly set on winning the U.S. Division and getting home ice for the playoffs.

1090 The Fan–01/31/2014

Calvin Spencer Hits The Ice For The First Time As A T-Bird

Spencer, 17, made his debut with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Friday night as the team edged Portland 3-2. It was the forward’s first game since signing November 29th out of Minnesota.

1090 The Fan–12/14/2013

Seattle's Branden Troock  controls the puck against Portland's Steven Alldridge (photo credit: Brian Liesse/WHL)

Short-handed Thunderbirds Beat Portland For 8th Straight

The win was also Seattle’s (20-9-1-3) first in regulation over the Winterhawks this season. Troock had two goals and an assist, and Danny Mumaugh improved to 10-5 thanks to 33 saves on 35 shots. In the sixth match-up between the two squads this season, each team was without at least one leading scorer.

1090 The Fan–12/14/2013

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Delnov Helps Thunderbirds Rally Past Portland With OT Goal

Seattle (13-9-1-3) played an aggressive, intense hockey game from the opening face off, an effort it desperately needed after a troubling loss at Vancouver Friday night. Hickman scored two goals, including the tying goal with under four minutes to play. Roberts Lipsbergs extended his goal streak to four consecutive games, and Mathew Barzal chocked up two more assists to give him 22 through 26 games in his rookie season.

1090 The Fan–11/24/2013

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