Thunderbirds sweep WHL honours


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A pair of Seattle Thunderbirds have earned the Western Hockey League’s weekly awards.

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A pair of Seattle Thunderbirds have earned the Western Hockey League’s weekly awards.

Ninteen-year-old forward Reid Schaefer was named player of the week after scoring three goals and adding an assist in three games as Seattle closed out their Western Conference final against the Kamloops Blazers in six games, and then earned a split in Winnipeg against the Ice in the league final.

A product of Spruce Grove, Alta., Schaefer was selected in the first round of the 2022 National Hockey League draft by the Edmonton Oilers but was dealt in February to the Nashville Predators.

Meanwhile, Thomas Milic was named goaltender of the week after going 2-1 with a 2.37 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.

After closing out the Kamloops series, Milic, a 20-year-old product of Coquitlam, B.C., made 25 saves in a 3-2 loss in Game 1 of the final, and then turned aside 29 shots a night later in a 4-2 Seattle victory.

No NHL club holds his rights.

The final resumes with Game 3 in Kent, Wash., tonight at 9:05 p.m.

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