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…

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