TCH: Thunderbirds return to Tri-City near top of U.S. Division

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

The last time the Seattle Thunderbirds came to town, Eric Comrie had 30 saves for a shutout and Brian Williams had a hat trick in a 3-0 victory.

Seattle returns to Toyota Center tonight, and even though Comrie and Williams would like a repeat of the Oct. 1 game, they are realistic that may not happen.

“It would be nice to happen again,” Williams said. “I remember my routine from that day and I’m going to try and mirror it the best I can. I’m not surprised they are doing good this year. I remember watching them my 16 year and thinking they will be good with all the young guys they had then. Their D contributes so much, especially with (Shea) Theodore back there.”

The Thunderbirds (9-3-0-1) are near the top of the U.S. Division, one point back of Spokane and tied with Portland with 19 points. Seattle, ranked eighth in this week’s CHL poll, is enjoying the best start to a season since the 2004-05 season when it won 10 of its first 13 games.

“I think our guys are enjoying it,” Seattle coach Steve Konowalchuk said of the team’s early success. “They are believing they can go into every game and win. The first year and a half (I was here) was pretty rocky and you try and steer the guys in the right direction. You believe your team will turn the corner.”



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