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Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun (right) took home the team's Most Valuable Player Award Saturday after a season in which he posted a 2.41 goals against average in 60 games. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun Earns MVP At Thunderbirds Annual Year-End Awards Ceremony

The biggest award, though, went to overage goaltender Taran Kozun. Kozun, 20, was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after a season in which he finished with a 2.41 goals against average.

1090 The Fan–03/23/2015

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (right) shoots against Portland goaltender Adin Hill (left) during the second period of Saturday's game. Gropp scored two goals, including here, in Seattle's 6-3 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Gropp Continues Hot Streak As Seattle Drops Portland

Seattle 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.

1090 The Fan–03/22/2015

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (left) watches the puck as he attempts to skate past Portland defenseman Layne Viveiros during Saturday's game. Gropp and his linemates Keegan Kolesar and Scott Eansor created numerous scoring opportunities but could not put a shot past goaltender Adin Hill. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Gropp Line Playing Well Despite Lack Of Points

In 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.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2015

The Seattle Thunderbirds celebrate with goaltender Taran Kozun (far left) after a 7-0 shutout victory over Everett Saturday. Ryan Gropp (center) had a goal and an assist while Kozun stopped 15 shots. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Demolish Everett In Dominant Shutout Win

Seattle scored four second-period goals en route to a 7-0 skinning of the first-place Silvertips in front of 5,008 at the ShoWare Center. It was the worst shutout loss for Everett since it was beaten 8-0 by Portland January 12, 2013.

1090 The Fan–02/21/2015

Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (left) forces a turnover in the neutral zone and blows by Rockets defender Cole Martin in the third period Tuesday. Gropp had an assist on Seattle's tying goal which enabled the team to edge Kelowna 2-1 at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Third-Period Rally Sends Seattle Past League-Best Kelowna

Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist to lead Seattle (28-20-3-3) which trailed 1-0 midway through the third period. Goaltender Taran Kozun saved 32 of 33 shots against the second-best offense in the Western Hockey League, a team that entered with 236 goals.

1090 The Fan–02/11/2015

Thunderbirds defenseman Shea Theodore (center) became the franchise's leading scorer among defensemen with two assists in Friday's win over Portland. Theodore now has 188 career points, one better than Craig Channell, a Seattle Breaker from 1979-82. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Theodore Passes Channell On All-Time List

Shea Theodore passed former defenseman Craig Channell, a Seattle Breaker from 1979-82, with two assists in a 6-3 victory Friday night against the Portland Winterhawks.

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 forward Ryan Gropp (left) scored two goals in return to lineup Saturday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

At Long Last Mathew Barzal Returns To Ice For Thunderbirds

Seattle Thunderbirds second-year forward Mathew Barzal made his return to the ice Friday at Tri-City after missing more than two months after fracturing his knee cap during a practice in early November.

1090 The Fan–01/25/2015

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

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