(1090 The Fan) — One night after being scratched, Keegan Kolesar returned to the ice for the Thunderbirds, Saturday.

Kolesar, 16, who had played in all 26 previous games, did not register a point in the 6-3 win over Victoria. The right wing who will play for Team West at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge beginning in late December, has one goal and three assists this year for Seattle.

His head coach explained Friday that his absence in the lineup versus Saskatoon was about getting others involved, rather than Kolesar’s play or health.

“You know what, we’ve got to keep guys in the mix here,” Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk said. “We have (Michal) Holub (who) worked hard in practice as well and (I) wanted to give him a chance to get back in there. Keegan’s played well, nothing against his play.”

Honey Remains Day-To-Day

Connor Honey, one of the few Thunderbirds’ elder statesmen, a player who has been with the T-Birds for three or more seasons, hasn’t stepped on the ice in a game for Seattle since early October.

“He’s day-to-day, we’re still kind of waiting,” said Konowalchuk after Saturday’s win.

Honey, 19, has been a key cog for Seattle in his tenure. Last season he produced 54 points with 16 goals and 38 assists. In seven games this season, Honey has two goals and four assists.

-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan

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