Shea Theodore Leaves Seattle "Proud"The Winterhawks handed Seattle a 5-4 defeat in Game 6 of their first-round series. The loss meant the end of a handful of Thunderbirds' careers, including that of defenseman Shea Theodore.
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.
Hill, Portland Shutout Seattle In Game 2After dropping Game 1 4-3 Saturday, Portland rebounded with a strong defensive effort in Game 2 behind 21 saves from Adin Hill.
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.
Seattle Versus Portland: A First-Round Preview
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.
Gropp Line Playing Well Despite Lack Of PointsIn the 12 games over the month of February, the unit's scoring production wasn't consistent with their activity. Not one of the three forwards topped seven points for the month in which they combined for 18 as a group.
Thunderbirds Projected To Face Portland In Revamped Playoff FormatAs 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.
Under Investigation, Hockey League Seeks Labor Law ExemptionOfficials 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
Thunderbirds Prevail Despite Squandering Three-Goal Lead To PortlandLipsbergs 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.
Seattle Emerges With Four Points After Sweeping Prince GeorgeWith 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.
Mixed Results For Seattle Over Beginning Half Of Road TripSeattle (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.