Portland Winterhawks

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

(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–09/19/2014

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

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