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Seattle players Sam McKechnie (5) and Ryan Gropp (12), center, protect the goal in front of goalie Taran Kozun, Saturday night. The T-Birds defeated Portland 4-1, snapping Portland's 21-game win streak. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun, Seattle Snap Portland’s Near-Record Streak

Late goals from forwards Justin Hickman and Brendan Troock carried Seattle to a statement-making 4-1 win over Portland, Saturday at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Goalie Taran Kozun had 41 saves and Seattle halted one of the greatest regular-season streaks in WHL history.

1090 The Fan–03/01/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds' rookie forward Mathew Barzal (13) celebrates a goal in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Prince Albert. Barzal scored twice, his 10th and 11th goals of the season as Seattle snapped a 3-game losing streak. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Ends Losing Skid With Win Over Prince Albert

In the end, Alexander Delnov scored the game-winner in overtime to lift Seattle past Prince Albert 4-3. Mathew Barzal scored two goals, Roberts Lipsbergs added his first goal in nine games, and Shea Theodore contributed two assists to lead the T-Birds.

1090 The Fan–02/25/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds' players including Mathew Barzal (13) celebrate a goal in a game earlier this season. In their current 3-game losing skid, the T-Birds are averaging 2.3 goals per game. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Sliding T-Birds Looking For Consistency

The problem with the T-Birds lately, as coach Konowalchuk sees it, is the consistency to a man through all four lines. He’s seeing too many turnovers, soft plays and just overall “casual moments.”

1090 The Fan–02/23/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds' defenseman Shea Theodore is upended by a Tri-City player earlier this month. While Theodore scored the game's first goal, Saturday night, the T-Birds stumbled, losing 3-2 to Kamloops in a shootout. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Seattle Drops Third Straight In Shootout Loss To Kamloops

Kamloops (13-44-2-3) continued its dominance over Seattle thanks to a Matt Bellerive game-winning shootout goal on a shot that just inched past the goal line. The Blazers forced extra time despite being out shot 16-2 in a third period the teams entered tied 2-2.

1090 The Fan–02/22/2014

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Seattle Clinches Playoff Spot

At 37-17-2-3 entering Sunday’s tilt with Prince George, Seattle resides in fourth place in the Western Conference with 79 points. The team trails Kelowna (96 points), Portland (89 points) and Victoria (84 points) in the conference standings while holding an 8-point lead on Spokane.

1090 The Fan–02/16/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds' forward Branden Troock (11) jumps over Tr-City goalie Eric Comrie midway through Friday's 4-3 win over the Americans. Troock finished with an assist on Russell Maxwell's game-winning goal. (photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Maxwell’s Late Goal Helps Seattle Hold Off Tri-City

Shea Theodore had three assists and Mathew Barzal provided two to lead the Thunderbirds’ scorers on a night the team won their eighth consecutive home game and earned their first season series win over Tri-City since the 2004-05 campaign.

1090 The Fan–02/15/2014

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Coach Konowalchuk Owes Progress Of Barzal And Gropp To “Compete Level”

Since January 25th when Seattle upended Everett 4-3, each player has produced four goals and five assists. Their great play has also been a boon for their linemate, forward Justin Hickman, who scored five goals in a two game stretch prior to Friday.

1090 The Fan–02/08/2014

Seattle goaltender Taran Kozun posted his third consecutive shutout over Spokane and his fourth overall in 10 starts since joining the Thunderbirds, Friday, in a 4-0 T-Birds' victory. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun Shows He Has Spokane’s Number With Third Consecutive Shutout

Ryan Gropp scored two goals, Mathew Barzal remained hot with a goal and two assists and Branden Troock scored his first goal since returning to the T-Birds’ lineup.

1090 The Fan–02/07/2014

Seattle Thunderbirds players celebrate a goal earlier this month. Could the T-Birds be celebrating a championship later this year? (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Kozun Thinks Seattle Can Win Memorial Cup

Having come from a team in the bottom tier of the WHL Western Conference standings, goaltender Taran Kozun can appreciate the difference between a winner and a loser.

1090 The Fan–02/01/2014

Seattle goaltender Taran Kozun makes a save in a game earlier this month. Kozun improved to 7-0 as a Thunderbird since coming over at the January 10th trading deadline from Kamloops. (Photo credit WHL)

Kozun Remains Perfect As T-Birds Hold Off Everett

Seattle (32-15-2-3) has now won 10 of its last 11 games. With 20 games remaining, the team has its sight firmly set on winning the U.S. Division and getting home ice for the playoffs.

1090 The Fan–01/31/2014

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