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Scott Eansor

Seattle forward Roberts Lipsbergs celebrates the first of his two third-period goals Tuesday. The goal put the Thunderbirds in front of Tri-City 4-3 and the team never trailed again. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Eansor’s Hat Trick Carries Seattle Over Tri-City

Eansor capped a four-goal third period for Seattle (35-25-4-5) with the easiest goal of the bunch. His empty-net goal tallied his first career Western Hockey League hat trick in an eventual 7-3 victory over their U.S. division-rival in front of 6,084 at the ShoWare Center.

1090 The Fan–03/18/2015

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

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

Thunderbirds manage late goal to force overtime against Everett. This photo shows team in an early-season game with Kelowna. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Late Rally Carries Thunderbirds To Shootout Victory In Everett

Mathew Barzal tied the game 2-2 with 25 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime with division-leading Everett. After a scoreless overtime, Donovan Neuls and Barzal provided shootout goals to give Seattle an important two points Saturday.

1090 The Fan–02/14/2015

Thunderbirds forward Donovan Neuls (center) celebrates with teammate Ethan Bear (25) after scoring the game-winning goal in the shootout Friday. Seattle earned its sixth consecutive win by edging Tri-City. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Neuls’ Return To Ice Friday, Lifts T-Birds

Neuls scored a goal in the second period and provided the game-winning score in the shootout as Seattle defeated Tri-City 3-2 at the ShoWare Center.

1090 The Fan–01/03/2015

Thunderbirds foward Lane Pederson skates after the puck in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Oil Kings. The rookie Pederson scored his first two goals of the season. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

First Goals Are “A Big Relief” For T-Birds’ Rookie Forward

T-Birds rookie Lane Pederson scored the first two goals of his WHL career in a 5-2 win over Edmonton Thursday.

1090 The Fan–10/31/2014

Thunderbirds forwards Donovan Neuls (19) and Nolan Volcan (26) battle for a loose puck in Friday's game against Prince George. The two, along side Scott Eansor, form Seattle's third line often tasked with shutting down its opponent's top line. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Scott Eansor Leads A Seattle Line That Values Heart Over Size

Not one member of the line stands 5-foot-10 or taller. Donovan Neuls, listed at 5-foot-9.5, is the tallest of a trio that prides itself on chipping pucks in and going to work.

10/21/2014

Seattle forwards Ryan Gropp (12) and Justin Hickman (9) battle for a loose puck in front of Kamloops goalie Connor Ingram. The Blazers got a late overtime goal to earn the 5-4 win. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Bounces Go Blazers Way As Seattle Drops Fourth Straight

The Thunderbirds concluded a trying run of four games in five nights with their fourth consecutive loss, a 5-4 overtime defeat at the hands of Kamloops.

1090 The Fan–10/19/2014

(Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Gear Up For Kelowna

After suffering a heart-breaking series loss to the Rockets in seven games last season in which the team led three games to zero, Seattle rebounded to go 2-1-0-1 in its four regular-season contests against the Rockets. However, both teams earned a total of five standings points from the series.

1090 The Fan–04/02/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds' center Scott Eansor celebrates one of his two goals in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Everett in Game 3 of the teams' opening round playoff series. Eansor finished with two goals as Seattle claimed a 3-0 series lead. (Photo by Kyle Scholzen, WHL)

Barzal’s Overtime Winner Gives Thunderbirds 3-0 Series Lead

Scott Eansor scored two goals, including the equalizer which eventually carried Seattle into overtime, Tuesday night. Branden Troock also scored and center Russell Maxwell continued his playoff point streak with an assist. It was the first overtime playoff game for Seattle since it dropped Game 7 to Kelowna last season.

1090 The Fan–03/25/2014

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