Scott Eansor Named T-Birds CaptainKolesar, Bear, Leth and Ottenbreit named Alternate Captains
Eansor Names To Team USA World Junior Preliminary RosterT-Birds center has 14 points in 18 games this season
Eansor's Hat Trick Carries Seattle Over Tri-CityEansor 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.
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.
Late Rally Carries Thunderbirds To Shootout Victory In EverettMathew 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.
Neuls' Return To Ice Friday, Lifts T-BirdsNeuls 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.
First Goals Are "A Big Relief" For T-Birds' Rookie ForwardT-Birds rookie Lane Pederson scored the first two goals of his WHL career in a 5-2 win over Edmonton Thursday.
Scott Eansor Leads A Seattle Line That Values Heart Over SizeNot 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.
Bounces Go Blazers Way As Seattle Drops Fourth StraightThe 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.
Thunderbirds Gear Up For KelownaAfter 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.
Barzal's Overtime Winner Gives Thunderbirds 3-0 Series LeadScott 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.