There are roster resets and then there is what the Seattle Thunderbirds have done.

After sending away three key veteran players prior to their eastern swing, the Thunderbirds have played some of their best hockey of the season since. Friday night in Moose Jaw, they hammered the Warriors in a 7-2 rout. It’s the third win in the last four games for the Thunderbirds as they are tearing through the Eastern Division.

“I thought the guys played really well,” Seattle head coach Matt O’Dette said. “I think as a team we’re starting to figure out what’s giving us success. The new guys have obviously energized us. Kind of shuffling of the chemistry and the chemistry is working right now.”

Seattle (14-21-4-0) got big offensive nights up and down the lineup as Andrej Kukuca scored twice to go with an assist, Noah Philp had four assists, Nolan Volcan and Jaret Tyszka each had a score and a helper while six other Thunderbirds recorded a point.

Coming a couple nights after their huge upset win over the league’s top team in Prince Albert, there was no let up from the Thunderbirds on Friday.

“That’s always something you have to guard against after a big win like that” O’Dette added. “Ramping it back up and duplicating the effort and I thought for the most part we did that .I still think there’s room for us to play a little bit better but we’re happy with the win and we need to keep building on it.”

While the Thunderbirds scored seven goals in their biggest offensive burst since Nov. 30th, this game was won with defense, hitting and a relentless forecheck. Moose Jaw (21-10-5-2) had to contend with Thunderbirds every way they turned as Seattle gave them little to no room on the ice.

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