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Thunderbirds defenseman Jared Hauf (left) defends Portland's Evan Weigner (right) during Saturday's regular-season finale. Portland and Seattle face off in the first round of the WHL playoffs beginning Saturday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Versus Portland: A First-Round Preview

(1090 The Fan) — The Seattle-Portland rivalry is one that spans player tenures, coaches and even sports in addition to its two states and 170 miles along Interstate-5. After 12 more regular-season contests in 2014-15, […]

1090 The Fan–03/25/2015

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

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 defenseman Jerret Smith (right) fires a shot past Everett goaltender Carter Hart (left) during Friday's shootout. Smith's goal gave Seattle a 3-2 win after goalie Taran Kozun stopped Cole MacDonald. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Smith Lifts Seattle Over Silvertips in Shootout

Roberts Lipsbergs scored both regulation goals for the Thunderbirds (34-24-4-5) before Jerret Smith netted the decisive goal in the shootout.

1090 The Fan–03/14/2015

Thunderbirds forwards Nolan Volcan (left) and Calvin Spencer (right) sandwich an opponent during a Western Hockey League game last month. Seattle beat Kamloops 3-1 Saturday at the ShoWare Center. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Blaze Past Kamloops With Late Hauf Goal

Jared Hauf connected on a slap shot from the left point, beating Kamloops netminder Connor Ingram for the go-ahead goal with less than five minutes to play. An empty-net goal from Nick Holowko in the final seconds solidified the Thunderbirds’ 3-1 win.

1090 The Fan–03/07/2015

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun (left) peers to his left where Portland's Miles Koules (right) prepares to shoot at an open net. Turner Ottenbreit (center) is all that stands in Koules' way. Portland secured a 5-2 win over rival Seattle Saturday. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Rival Portland Hands Thunderbirds Third Consecutive Loss At Home

The seven point difference separating Seattle (31-23-4-4) and Portland grew to nine with Seattle’s 5-2 loss Saturday in front of 5,035 at the ShoWare Center. With 10 games to play, the deficit appears insurmountable.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2015

Thunderbirds forward Roberts Lipsbergs (right) gets tripped up by Prince George defender Joseph Carvalho during Friday's game. The Cougars overcame a two-goal deficit to up-end Seattle 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Prince George, Lack Of Discipline Trip Up Seattle In Overtime Loss

In all, the game featured 30 assessed infractions, 102 combined penalty minutes and 13 power plays.

1090 The Fan–02/28/2015

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 Mathew Barzal skates with the puck during Sunday's loss to Victory. Barzal delivered four assists in Friday's 4-3 overtime win against Lethbridge while playing increased minutes. (Photo by Brian LIesse, WHL)

Thunderbirds Notebook: Barzal Sees Added Ice Time, Young Goalie Signed

Barzal, 17, has played in 14 games since returning to the Thunderbirds’ lineup January 23 after missing nearly 11 weeks with a fractured knee cap. After a slow start, Barzal has rounded into the form expected of him with four goals and 14 assists.

1090 The Fan–02/21/2015

Thunderbirds goaltender Taran Kozun reaches to make a save during Friday's game as teammates Scott Eansor (center) and Ethan Bear (far right) defend. Kozun made 20 saves as Seattle rallied for a 4-3 overtime win against Lethbridge. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Late Rally Lifts Seattle Over Hurricanes

Mathew Barzal assisted on all four of Seattle’s goals to lead the offense. Millette added a goal and two assists playing alongside the second-year center and Shea Theodore had a goal and an assist for the T-Birds.

1090 The Fan–02/21/2015

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