As Thunderbirds defenseman Austin Strand puts it, “Guys are clicking.”
A simple and precise way of describing the Seattle Ice Surge. And no, that’s not one of the trademarked nicknames for Seattle’s potential( wink, wink) NHL franchise.
After a weekend sweep of Kelowna and the Swift Current Broncos, Seattle has now won 12 of their last 14 with a 10-2-1-1 mark. They’ve outscored their opponents 28-18.
Guys are clicking.
“O’D (head coach Matt O’Dette) is always drilling hard work and positivity, and that lately has been our bread and butter that’s been working for us,” says Strand.
Seattle now stands in third place in the U.S. Division with 54 points, four points back of Portland and six behind leading Everett.
Back in training camp the team quickly discovered it wasn’t going to be an easy start, “We knew we’d have to be a gritty team,” says rookie left winger Dillon Hamaliuk. The youngster from Alberta is having a fine season as one of the top rookie shot takers and goal scorers. He believes this team can go places, “We have a really good shot and we could go pretty far. We’ve got to keep plugging away and beating these top teams and proving a point.”
Their next top opponent will be the Brandon Wheat Kings at ShoWare January 24th.
Guys gotta keep clicking.