Weekend Thoughts…

A busy weekend as the Hawks open their season, the Cubs clinch the NL Central, the US wins the Ryder Cup, and some teams played football somewhere…

A contrast of games for the Hawks as they controlled most of the play for a large section of the game on Saturday night against the Spokane Chiefs, only to be denied time and time again by Dustin Tokarski, while on Sunday, it was the Kelowna Rockets who controlled much of the action only to lose to Jordan White and the Hawks.

Any way you look at it, for a team that only won 11 games last year, a 1-1 split to open the season is a positive.  Yeah, I know that the Chiefs and Rockets were missing key players, but that doesn’t matter to me.  You play with what you have and I’m sure that Hardy Sauter and Ryan Huska prepared their teams, as they were, to take on the Hawks the same way as they would have if they had full rosters.

The Hawks can now take the rest of this week to prepare for their first road contest against the Everett Silvertips on Friday evening.  The Hawks are expecting both Travis Ehrhardt and Kurtis Mucha to return sometime this week from NHL camps, and both should be ready to go on Friday.

Congratulations to Brad Ross for picking up his first, and second, WHL point last night in the 2-1 win.  It will be interesting to watch how the Top 5 from the 2007 Bantam Draft do in their 16 year old season in the WHL.   Actually, I guess that should be four of the Top 5 as #2 overall Luke Moffatt is not with the Kelowna Rockets, opting to play for the US National Development Team program instead.

Through the opening weekend, the stats are:

#1 overall – Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw — 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

#3 overall – Mark Pysyk, Edmonton — 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

#4 overall – Charles Inglis, Saskatoon — 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

#5 overall – Brad Ross, Portland — 2 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM

Note to the WHL – watch out for Brett Ponich’s right…ask Jesse Paradis for details.

Also, Ponich picked up his first point of the season last night as an assist was added to the Hawks second goal following the game.

Anyone who questioned whether or not Ryan Kerr wanted to play hockey again only needed to watch these past two games.  I know it killed Kerr to not get any action in the preseason, but he was in mid-season form this weekend and his presence definitely adds a lot to the Hawks blue line.

His pairing with newcomer Stefan Schneider were very solid throughout both games and the battle for playing time with the solid play of 17 year old David Watt and 16 year olds Troy Rutkowski and Joe Morrow this weekend will be interesting to watch.  Players will have to bring their “A” games in practice and game action to remain in the line-up.

Add in Ehrhardt, Lee Morrow and Scott Gabriel and the competition gets even harder.

Brock Cornish played on the wing this weekend and didn’t look out of place, playing alongside rookie Oliver Gabriel and 19 year old Nick Dietrich.  They provided energy and spark and looked like a solid unit when they got the chance to show thier stuff.

Nice to see Jordan White get the victory last night, just his third in the WHL.  Two of the three have come against the Kelowna Rockets.  Through two games, White finds himself in the top 10 in both GAA (2.00) and Save Percentage (93.2%) in the WHL.

After hearing and reading about some trouble with new radio equipment from Regan Bartel from Kelowna and Bruce Luebke in Brandon, I am very thankful that we had no such problems with our new gear this weekend.

Knock on wood…

I thought that our broadcasts went pretty well this weekend, and it is great to be back behind the mic.

I hope to have video highlights of the win last night over Kelowna ready for the blog later today.

That’s it for now…

1 Comment

  1. Andy the only problem I found with the radio broadcast was listing on 96.5 fm had a lot of static, 96.6 came in better.

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