Kozun, Theodore Earn WHL HonorsThe 20-year-old Kozun had the best season of his junior hockey career by posting a .915 save percentage and 2.41 goals against average in 60 games.
An Early Look At 2015-16 For Seattle ThunderbirdsSeattle'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.
Thunderbirds Season Ends With 5-4 Overtime LossEvan Wardley and Shea Theodore, two Thunderbirds playing their final Western Hockey League game, sparked a second-period rally that gave Seattle a chance.
Penalties, Poor Start Doom T-Birds In LossThrough 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.
T-Birds Take Crucial Game 3Seattle 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.
Hill, Portland Shutout Seattle In Game 2After dropping Game 1 4-3 Saturday, Portland rebounded with a strong defensive effort in Game 2 behind 21 saves from Adin Hill.
With First Two-Goal Game, Barzal Leads Seattle To Game 1 VictoryBarzal scored scored the game-winning goal at 17:18 to cap a late third-period rally by the lower-seeded Thunderbirds.
Seattle Versus Portland: A First-Round Preview
Kozun Earns MVP At Thunderbirds Annual Year-End Awards CeremonyThe 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.
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.
Smith Lifts Seattle Over Silvertips in ShootoutRoberts Lipsbergs scored both regulation goals for the Thunderbirds (34-24-4-5) before Jerret Smith netted the decisive goal in the shootout.
Thunderbirds Blaze Past Kamloops With Late Hauf GoalJared 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.