Ehrhardt Suspension…

Travis Ehrhardt received a two-game suspension for his hit on Matthew Ius over the weekend.  He will miss this Saturday vs. Vancouver and will be able to return on Friday, October 10 vs. Spokane at the MC.

http://whl.ca/hm/suspensions.php?id=9906

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A Frustrating Weekend…

I don’t know how many times I thought to myself over the two games this weekend that if the Hawks could just get one goal that it would be enough to propel themselves to victory over the Everett Silvertips on Friday and the Vancouver Giants on Saturday. 

It didn’t happen, and the Hawks are now mired in a 132:30 scoreless streak with five days to prepare for a rematch with the Giants in Vancouver on Saturday night.

The Everett game was especially frustrating as the Hawks had the early goal waved off after the Ryan Kerr/Jordan Mistelbacher scrapped occurred just as Brad Ross was filing the shot over the blocker of Kent Simpson.

After watching the video, the hit on Colin Reddin should have been a penalty as Mistelbacher took more than two strides and left his feet to deliver the hit.  Less than a minute later, Reddin gets whistled for a ticky-tack hooking call, the Tips get a power play and score and the rest is history.

This is twice in four games that the Hawks have been hit with a dangerous hit (the first being against Spokane when Dustin Donaghy ran Stefan Schneider from behind late in the season opener) with no penalty being called. 

The Hawks should find out early this week how long Travis Ehrhardt’s suspension will be for the Major Penaly for Elbowing that he received against Everett on Friday.

Ehrhardt put a hit on Matthew Ius late in the second period that sent Ius to the ice and out of the game.  Forgive me if I sound non-caring, but when a player has the wits to get up on his knees, make a pleading gesture to the referee, and then crumple in a heap on the ice, it makes me question just how hurt the player is.

Ius didn’t play against Seattle on Saturday and has a history of concussions, and maybe it was a delayed reaction after the hit.  I hope that he is able to return to the line-up soon for Everett, but the whole “pleading” act rubbed me the wrong way.

Through four games, the opposing goaltenders have a .981 save percentage against Portland (102 saves on 104 shots). 

The Portland duo of Jordan White and Kurtis Mucha have been pretty good as well, stopping 112 of 122 shots for a .918 save percentage.

The game this weekend against Vancouver will be tougher as the Giants welcomed back NHL First Rounder Jonathan Blum to their line-up on Sunday night in Chilliwack.  Blum had a goal and an assist in his first game back in the WHL.

I was surprised to see that the Seattle Thunderbirds, who are 0-4 to start the season, no longer have Matt Hallick on their roster as I thought he was one of their better players during the preseason.  I haven’t seen any official word on where Hallick is going or why, but I find the move interesting.

Ty Rattie, the Winter Hawks First Rounder from 2008, will suit up for the UFA Bisons in the Alberta Midget Hockey League this season.

That’s it for now…

Giants vs. Hawks…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Vancouver @ Portland, September 27, 2008

 

Previous Game – Portland 0 @ Everett 2:  Kent Simpson stopped 28 shots to lead the Everett Silvertips to a 2-0 win on Friday night over the Portland Winter Hawks at the Comcast Arena in Everett.  Everett got goals from Mike Alexander, on a power play in the first period, and from Shane Harper into an empty net in the victory.  Much like the first game of the season, Portland generated some good scoring opportunities, but failed to find a way to beat Simpson during the game.  Kurtis Mucha started in net for Portland and was solid, stopping 27 of 28 shots in the loss.  On special teams, Everett went 1 for 5 on the man advantage while Portland went 0 for 4.  Portland did kill a five minute major penalty against defenseman Travis Ehrhardt late in the second period.

Team Notes:  Portland is (1-2-0-0); (1-1-0-0) at home; (0-1-0-0) on the road.  The Hawks last home win was on September 21, 2008, a 2-1 win over Kelowna.  The last road win was on January 16, 2008, a 3-2 SO win over Prince George.  

Portland All-Time Record on September 27:  3-5-1-0-0 (1-1-0-0-0 at home)

Portland vs. Vancouver:  This is the first of four meetings between the two teams.  Last season, Vancouver swept the season series 4-0-0-0, outscoring the Hawks 22-7.  The leading returning scorers in the season series for the Giants are Brent Regner (2-3-5), Evander Kane (2-3-5) and Jonathan Blum (1-4-5).  The Hawks return Travis Ehrhardt (1-1-2).  Vancouver went 7 for 27 (25.9%) on the power play while the Hawks were 2-20 (10.0%).   The Hawks last home win against Vancouver was on November 25, 2006, when Kyle Bailey scored the overtime winner for a 1-0 Hawks win.

 

Game Schedule:

 

9/2708 in Portland

10/4/08 in Vancouver

11/16/08 in Vancouver

2/7/09 in Portland

 

All-Time vs. Vancouver:

 

Total:  36 GP – 14 (W) – 19 (L) – 2 (T) – 1 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)

 

At Home:  19 GP – 9-9-1-0-0 – On Road:  17 GP – 5-10-1-1-0

 

Portland All-Time:

 

Total:  2307 GP – 1128 (W) – 1016 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

 

At Home:  1154 GP – 711-372-61-71-3 – On Road:  1153 GP – 417-644-66-21-5

 

Regular Season Leaders:

 

Goals:  Colin Reddin (2)

Assists:  Brad Ross (2)

Points:  Colin Reddin/Brad Ross (2)

Penalty Minutes:  Ryan Kerr (18)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (1.01)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (.964)

 

Injuries & Roster Updates:  Ryan Andersen, F, Shoulder (6-8 weeks); Scott Gabriel, D, Concussion (Indefinite); Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 9 man games to injury in 2008-09. 

 

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 8,299 minutes played, and is now 4th all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 317 minutes behind Brent Belecki on the all-time list.  

 

Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:

Most Goals Scored:  2 (9/21 vs. Kelowna)
Most Goals Allowed:  3 (9/20 vs. Spokane)
Most Power Play Chances: 9 (9/21 vs. Kelowna)

Most Power Play Chances Against:  6 (9/21 vs. Kelowna)
Most Power Play Goals Scored: 1 (9/21 vs. Kelowna)
Most Power Play Goals Allowed: 1 (Three Times)
Most Shots Taken:  40 (9/20 vs. Spokane)
Fewest Shots Taken:  17 (9/21 vs. Kelowna)
Most Shot Allowed:  34 (9/21 vs. Kelowna)
Fewest Shots Allowed:  25 (9/20 vs. Spokane)
Last Shutout:  N/A
Last Time Shutout: 9/26 @ Everett (Simpson – 28 Saves)
Penalty Shots: N/A
Shootout Game Winning Goals:  N/A

Hawks vs. Tips…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Everett – September 26, 2008

 

Previous Game – Kelowna 1 @ Portland 2:  Colin Reddin scored two goals and Jordan White stopped 33 shots to lead the Portland Winter Hawks to a 2-1 victory over the Kelowna Rockets on Sunday night at the Memorial Coliseum.  Kelowna got on the scoreboard first when Evan Bloodoff tipped in a Dylan Hood shot on a two-man advantage early in the second period.  Portland tied the score just over a minute later when Reddin tipped a Ryan Kerr entry shot through Kris Lazaruk and then followed it into the empty net to even the score.  The teams remained tied until the Hawks got a three-on-one rush early in the third with Brad Ross feeding Reddin as the trailer on the play and Reddin beat Lazaruk through the pads for the game winner.  Ross also assisted on the first goal for a two-point night and the first points of his WHL career.In net for Portland, White made a spectacular diving save on Stepan Novotny with under 10 minutes remaining to hold the lead for Portland.  Kelowna out-shot the Hawks 34-17 on the night.  On special teams, the Hawks finished 1 for 9 on the power play while killing 4 of 5 power plays against.

Team Notes:  Portland is (1-1-0-0); (1-1-0-0) at home; (0-0-0-0) on the road.  The Hawks last home win was on September 21, 2008, a 2-1 win over Kelowna.  The last road win was on January 16, 2008, a 3-2 SO win over Prince George.  

Portland All-Time Record on September 26:  2-2-0-0 (1-2-0-0 on road)

Portland vs. Everett:  This is the first of 10 meetings between the two teams, 5 games in each city.  Last year, Portland went 1-7-0-2 vs. Everett, being outscored 39-18.  The leading returning scorer in the season series from last year for Portland is Travis Ehrhardt (0-3-3), and for Everett is Jordan Mistlebacher (5-4-9).  Portland went 4-55 (7.3%) on the power play while Everett finished 14-58 (24.1%).  The Hawks last win in Everett was on 10/6/07, a 3-0 shutout with Kurtis Mucha stopping 31 shots in net for Portland.

 

Game Schedule:

 

9/26/08 in Everett                 1/11/09 in Portland

11/19/08 in Everett               1/31/09 in Portland

11/21/08 in Everett               2/18/09 in Everett

11/28/08 in Everett               3/3/09 in Portland

1/2/09 in Portland                3/8/09 in Portland

 

All-Time vs. Everett:

 

Total:  54 GP – 14 (W) – 33 (L) – 4 (T) – 2 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)

 

At Home:  27 GP – 5-19-3-0-0 – On Road:  27 GP – 9-14-1-2-1

 

Portland All-Time:

 

Total:  2306 GP – 1128 (W) – 1015 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

 

At Home:  1154 GP – 711-372-61-71-3 – On Road:  1152 GP – 417-643-66-21-5

 

Regular Season Leaders:

 

Goals:  Colin Reddin (2)

Assists:  Brad Ross (2)

Points:  Colin Reddin/Brad Ross (2)

Penalty Minutes:  Ryan Kerr (13)

GAA:  Jordan White (2.00)

Save Percentage:  Jordan White (93.2%)

 

Injuries & Roster Updates:  Ryan Andersen, F, Shoulder (6-8 weeks); Scott Gabriel, D, Concussion (Indefinite); Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 6 man games to injury in 2008-09.  Kurtis Mucha (Phoenix) and Travis Ehrhardt (Detroit) have both returned from NHL training camps and are available for game action.

 

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 8,239 minutes played, and is now 4th all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 377 minutes behind Brent Belecki on the all-time list.  

 

Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:

Most Goals Scored:  2 (9/21 vs. Kelowna)
Most Goals Allowed:  3 (9/20 vs. Spokane)
Most Power Play Chances: 9 (9/21 vs. Kelowna)

Most Power Play Chances Against:  6 (9/21 vs. Kelowna)
Most Power Play Goals Scored: 1 (9/21 vs. Kelowna)
Most Power Play Goals Allowed: 1 (Twice)
Most Shots Taken:  40 (9/20 vs. Spokane)
Fewest Shots Taken:  17 (9/21 vs. Kelowna)
Most Shot Allowed:  34 (9/21 vs. Kelowna)
Fewest Shots Allowed:  25 (9/20 vs. Spokane)
Last Shutout:  N/A
Last Time Shutout: 9/20 vs. Spokane (Tokarski – 40 Saves)
Penalty Shots: N/A
Shootout Game Winning Goals:  N/A

Hawk Talk on Vancouver Radio…

I will be a guest of Dave Sheldon on his Thursday night hockey show on Superhits 650 CISL tonight.  I’ll be on about 7:40, but you can tune in earlier (starts at 7:00) as Dave will have Giant Evander Kane as well as Prince George Broadcaster Ron St. Clair on his show.

Live streaming is available at http://www.650cisl.com/.

Thursday Thoughts…

Did you know that Hawks d-man Joe Morrow is the youngest player in the WHL to start the season?

Morrow, born December 9, 1992 (meaning he won’t turn 16 until December), picked up his first WHL point on Sunday night against the Kelowna Rockets. 

From looking at the rosters of other teams in the WHL, the next closest in age to Morrow is Seattle’s Luke Lockhart, born November 20, 1992.

The Hawks will have played 31 games before Morrow’s 16th b-day this season.

I guessed wrong on Vancouver getting back Tyson Sexsmith before this weekend, as the goaltender returned from the San Jose Sharks camp earlier than I expected and played the back-up to Jamie Tucker last night in the Giants 4-3 shootout loss to the Kamloops Blazers.

Vancouver hosts Prince George on Friday night before travelling to Portland for the game on Saturday night.

Speaking of returning, the Everett Silvertips have reinstated forward Jordan Mistlebacher from his team suspension for violating team rules in the preseason.

This is bad news for the Hawks, as Mistlebacher posted 5-4-9 in games against Portland last season.

He is expected back in the line-up tomorrow night.

Who will start in net for Everett against the Hawks on Friday night? 

Will it be 19 year old Shayne Barrie, who is 0-1-1-0 with a 3.51 GAA and a .885 save percentage to start the season?  Or will it be 16 year old Kent Simpson who shut out the Hawks in the Tri City preseason tournament?

Barrie went 3-0-0-0 with a 1.59 GAA and a .946 save percentage in three games against the Hawks last season.

For Portland, I can state with almost certainty that Kurtis Mucha will start on Friday night in Everett.  In 22 career games against Everett, Mucha has a 2.78 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

Game Notes will be posted tomorrow morning…

Tuesday Updates…

First, both Kurtis Mucha (Phoenix) and Travis Ehrhardt (Detroit) have been returned by the NHL clubs to Portland and both should be ready to go on Friday night in Everett.

Upon further review, it was Joe Morrow, not Brett Ponich, that chipped the puck up the boards to spring the 3-on-1 rush that led to the Hawks game winner on Sunday evening.  The assist has been changed and congratulations, belatedly, to Joe for his first career WHL point.

Everett is waiting on word for two players in NHL camp – Kyle Beach in Chicago and Taylor Ellington in Vancouver – but I wouldn’t expect either back this weekend.  It sounds like Vancouver is keeping players around until at least next week and I’d expect Beach to start the season in Chicago.

Portland’s opponent on Saturday, the Vancouver Giants, also have two players still in pro camp – Jonathan Blum in Nashville and Tyson Sexsmith in San Jose.  I don’t expect either of those back by Saturday either.

Rookie Jamie Tucker shut-out the Silvertips for the Giants on Saturday night in Everett in place of Sexsmith.

For those wondering about podcasts of games this season…we are working on it with KKAD.  I hope to have something to report on that soon.

Thats it for now…

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