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Thunderbirds forward Ryan Gropp (12) whistles a shot on goal as Spokane's Markson Bechtold tries to defend. Gropp had two goals in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Chiefs. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Salvage Weekend With Dominant Win Over Spokane

Starting goaltender Taran Kozun provided 20 saves in his return to the Seattle (11-12-2-2) lineup, while Ryan Gropp scored two power-play goals to lead the T-Birds to a victory which helped salvage a three-game weekend.

1090 The Fan–11/30/2014

Thunderbirds forward Justin Hickman (9) pursues Kootenay forward Sam Reinhart (23) Saturday. Reinhart had a goal and an assist in Kootenay's 5-2 win over Seattle. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Penalty Kill Struggling

Yet, despite holding a 80.8 penalty-kill percentage, good for 10th in the Western Hockey League through 25 games, Seattle has allowed four goals in 11 power-play chances over its last two games. An uncommon lapse for a team normally sound.

1090 The Fan–11/30/2014

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) lies on the ice in front of Kootenay goaltender Wyatt Hoflin Saturday. Kolesar and the T-Birds fell 5-2 to the Ice. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

T-Birds Iced By Surging Kootenay

Riding an emotional 3-2 win over the Silvertips, Seattle (10-12-2-2) opened a four-game homestand with a flat performance against the Ice. Since the departure of Barzal due to a lower-body injury, Seattle is 3-7. Comparatively, its opponent Saturday is 8-2 since the return of star center Sam Reinhart.

1090 The Fan–11/30/2014

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 11-25-2014

Bill Swartz sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk to discuss this weeks upcoming games.

1090 The Fan–11/25/2014

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

Everett's Carter Cochrane (77) looks on as his shot beats Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun for the game-winning goal in the shootout Saturday. The Silvertips won 3-2. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Silvertips Edge T-Birds In Shootout

A late third period penalty on Seattle’s Justin Hickman led to the game-tying goal by Everett’s Graham Millar. As the 10th shooter in the shootout, Carter Cochrane scored to give the Tips a 3-2 win in the game between U.S. Division rivals.

1090 The Fan–11/23/2014

Thunderbirds rookie defenseman Sahvan Khaira (7) is knocked over by Chiefs forward Calder Brooks (20) as Lane Pederson (15) watches on. Spokane edged Seattle 2-1 Friday at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Late Seattle Penalties Hand Spokane 2-1 Win

In an even first period where shots on goal were 12 apiece, consecutive tripping penalties called on the T-Birds with under six minutes to play led to a 5-on-3 power play for the Chiefs who quickly capitalized.

1090 The Fan–11/22/2014

Thunderbirds forward Keegan Kolesar (28) skates by Chiefs defenseman Matt Sozanski (21) in Friday's 2-1 loss to Spokane. Kolesar was named to the NHL November Watch List along with teammates Ryan Gropp, Mathew Barzal and Ethan Bear. All four are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kolesar, Gropp Among T-Birds Forwards On NHL Watch List

The NHL Central Scouting department released its November Watch List for 2015 Entry Draft eligible prospects who are displaying the skills that may warrant selection. In addition to center Mathew Barzal who was given an “A” grade, Seattle forwards Ryan Gropp and Keegan Kolesar were tagged with “B” grades. T-Birds defenseman Ethan Bear received a “C” grade.

1090 The Fan–11/22/2014

Thunderbirds forward Donovan Neuls (19) battles for the puck against a Red Deer defender in Seattle's most recent home game. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Return Home Looking To Find Consistency

Seattle (9-10-2-1) returns home for six of its next seven games after a 2-4 road swing through the Eastern Conference. The trip started off well enough with a 6-2 win over Prince Albert, only to end with losses in four of the final five games.

11/21/2014

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Seattle Thunderbirds Coach’s Show 11-18-2014

Bill Swartz sits down with Seattle Thunderbirds Head Coach Steve Konowalchuk and Defencemen Shea Theodore to discuss this weeks upcoming games.

1090 The Fan–11/18/2014

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