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An Early Look At 2015-16 For Seattle Thunderbirds

Seattle’s first-round playoff exit precipitated a sudden turn of the page to the 2015-16 season. Evan Wardley is one of a quartet of players moving on in their respective hockey careers, while potentially 11 first-year players return for their sophomore seasons with the Thunderbirds.

1090 The Fan–04/18/2015

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Thunderbirds Season Ends With 5-4 Overtime Loss

Evan Wardley and Shea Theodore, two Thunderbirds playing their final Western Hockey League game, sparked a second-period rally that gave Seattle a chance.

1090 The Fan–04/08/2015

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Penalties, Poor Start Doom T-Birds In Loss

Through the first three games, Seattle did an effective job of staying out of the penalty box and not handing the offensive juggernaut of Portland unnecessary man-advantages. That was not the case in Game 4.

1090 The Fan–04/03/2015

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T-Birds Take Crucial Game 3

Seattle defenseman Jerret Smith scored twice, including an empty-net goal at 18:34 of the third period, to give the T-Birds a 2-1 series lead.

1090 The Fan–04/01/2015

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Hill, Portland Shutout Seattle In Game 2

After dropping Game 1 4-3 Saturday, Portland rebounded with a strong defensive effort in Game 2 behind 21 saves from Adin Hill.

1090 The Fan–03/30/2015

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With First Two-Goal Game, Barzal Leads Seattle To Game 1 Victory

Barzal scored scored the game-winning goal at 17:18 to cap a late third-period rally by the lower-seeded Thunderbirds.

1090 The Fan–03/29/2015

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

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