Portland vs. Tri City…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Tri City – October 31, 2008


Previous Game – Portland 2 @ Swift Current 6:  The Swift Current Broncos scored three third period goals to break open a close game and defeat the Portland Winter Hawks by a score of 6-2 on Saturday night in Swift Current.  Justin Dowling had two goals and one assist to lead the Broncos while Geordie Wudrick chipped in two goals.  The Broncos other goals came from Matt Tassone and Jan Dalecky.  Portland got goals from Oliver Gabriel, his first career WHL goal, and Radim Valchar.  Valchar’s goal came on the power play.  Travis Yonkman made 25 saves on 27 shots in net for the Broncos while Kurtis Mucha stopped 41 of 47 in the loss for Portland.  Portland went 1 for 5 on the power play while Swift Current went 2 for 5.

Team Notes:  Portland is (2-12-0-0); (1-4-0-0) at home; (1-8-0-0) 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 October 22, 2008, a 4-3 overtime win over Saskatoon.  The Hawks record on Halloween night is 6-0-1-0-0.

Portland vs. Tri City:  This is the first of nine meetings between the two teams.  Last year, Tri City won the season series 8-1-0-0, outscoring the Hawks 45-14, and outshooting Portland by a margin of 394-244.  The Hawks lone win was on 12/29/07, a 2-1 win in Portland.  On special teams, Tri City went 14 for 50 (28.0%) on the power play while Portland went 3 for 47 (6.4%) with three short-handed goals against.  The Hawks last win in Tri City was on 12/10/06 by a margin of 4-2.


Game Schedule:


10/31/08 – Portland @ Tri City                               11/15/08 – Tri City @ Portland

12/28/08 – Tri City @ Portland                               1/10/09 – Portland @ Tri City

1/28/09 – Portland @ Tri City                                 1/30/09 – Tri City @ Portland

2/6/09 – Tri City @ Portland                                   2/22/09 – Tri City @ Portland

3/1/09 – Portland @ Tri City


All-Time vs. Tri City:


Total:  194 GP – 88 (W) – 88 (L) – 9 (T) – 7 (OTL) – 2 (SOL)


At Home:  96 GP – 55-33-4-3-1 – On Road:  98 GP – 33-55-5-4-1


Portland All-Time:


Total:  2318 GP – 1129 (W) – 1026 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)


At Home:  1157 GP – 711-375-61-71-3 – On Road:  1161 GP – 418-651-66-21-5



Regular Season Leaders:


Goals:  Brad Ross/Luke Walker (4)

Assists:  Killian Hutt (7)

Points:  Killian Hutt (8)

Penalty Minutes:  Ryan Kerr (36)

GAA:  Keith Hamilton (4.01)

Save Percentage:  Keith Hamilton (89.3%)

Power Play:  9 for 78 (11.5%) overall – 7 for 47 (14.9%) on road

Penalty Kill:  50 of 73 (68.5%) overall – 28 of 46 (60.9%) on road


Current Streaks:  Killian Hutt (0-6-6 in last 3); Radim Valchar (2-1-3 in last 3); Travis Ehrhardt (1-2-3 in last 3).


Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 44 man games to injury in 2008-09.   

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 8,737 minutes played, and is now 3rd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 17 minutes behind Darrell May for second on the all-time list.  Mucha has also faced 4,977 shots in his career, 23 shy of 5000.  Travis Ehrhardt needs two more games played to reach 200 in his WHL career.  Matt Schmermund needs two more games played to reach 150 in his WHL career.


Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:

Most Goals Scored:  4 (Twice)
Most Goals Allowed:  7 (Twice)
Most Power Play Chances: 10 (10/18/08 @ Moose Jaw, 5-4 loss)

Most Power Play Chances Against:  9 (Twice)
Most Power Play Goals Scored: 2 (Twice)
Most Power Play Goals Allowed: 4 (10/21/08 @ Prince Albert, 7-0 loss)
Most Shots Taken:  40 (9/20/08 vs. Spokane, 3-0 loss)
Fewest Shots Taken:  17 (9/21/08 vs. Kelowna, 2-1 win)
Most Shots Allowed:  47 (10/25/08 @ Swift Current, a 6-2 loss)
Fewest Shots Allowed:  25 (9/20/08 vs. Spokane, 3-0 loss)
Last Shutout:  N/A
Last Time Shutout: 10/21/08 @ Prince Albert (Stanford – 24 saves, 7-0 loss)

Penalty Shots: N/A

Overtime Game Winning Goals:  Rutkowski 10/22 vs. Saskatoon
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 650 CISL radio in Vancouver, BC, this evening from 7:30 to 7:45.

You can listen live at http://www.650cisl.com/, and I’d suggest tuning in for the whole hour (starting at 7:00) as Dave and crew put on a great show.

Hope you can tune in…

Press Conference Audio…

This should work…it is a large download file (23 m) and there is a limit to how many times it can be downloaded (100), but if people are interested in hearing it…click on the link below:


Photos From Today…

Many thanks to Bryan Heim for passing these along…

Commissioner Ron Robison welcomes Bill Gallacher to the WHL:















Mike Johnston at the podium:











The Hockey Operations Staff (l to r – Matt Bardsley, Kyle Gustafson, Rich Campbell, Travis Green, Bill Gallacher, Rob Gagne, Mike Johnston):










Johnston at practice this afternoon:

A Great Start…

Suffice it to say that today was a tremendous day for Portland Winter Hawks hockey.  With the press conference announcing the ownership change to Bill Gallacher, the new era for the Winter Hawks has officially begun.

The conference itself was handled very professionally and was well attended by the media, sponsors, fans and dignitaries.  All of the papers were represented with Jason Vondersmith of the Trib, Paul Danzer of the Columbian and Bo Herzog of the Oregonian in attendance as well as some of the TV media.

Today was the first time that I had the chance to meet Bill Gallacher, Mike Johnston, Travis Green, Rich Campbell and Rob Gagne and I came away very impressed with their openness and eagerness to get going on the job at hand to turn this team around.

All of the new hockey operations staff has professional experience and the impression that I have received is that this team and organization will be ran in a professional manner, on and off the ice.  This is music to the ears of Hawks fans, I’m sure.

It was also nice to have WHL Commissioner Ron Robison in attendance as well as Cory Flett, the WHL Communications Director, on hand for the conference. 

The City of Portland was represented by Commissioner Randy Leonard and Vulcan Sports was represented by Mike Golub.

It was also good to see Gallacher and crew taking the time to talk to the fans in attendance as there was time to mingle after the conference was over.  They all understand that the organization needs to do whatever it takes to earn the fans trust back and to provide a quality product for the fans to be excited about.  Everyone knows it won’t happen overnight, but today was a step in the right direction.

On the ice, I had a chance to catch part of the afternoon practice and watched the coaching staff run the players through some drills.  It is obvious that teaching will be a huge part of Johnston, Green and Kyle Gustafson’s plans for this young team and hopefully the players respond.

Also, the Hawks had a couple familiar faces back on the ice with the team today in Tayler Jordan and Brock Cornish and they are expected to make the trip to Tri City on Friday.  Chris Francis was also taking part in the practice and it appears that he too will be back in the line-up soon.

I recorded the entire press conference and I’m working on being able to post that audio for download in the next day or so.  I did send the recording to Jon Keen, who puts together the WHL This Week radio edition and he will edit out some highlights for this week’s show.

All in all…a great start for this new ownership  and the new hockey operations staff.  The black cloud appears to be lightening over the team and hopefully there will be many more sunny days ahead for this team and the organization.

Press Conference…

I will be at the press conference tomorrow from 11:00 to 1:00 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Downtown at 3rd and Morrison…I will post some thoughts tomorrow afternoon or evening.

I think it is safe to say that I am, and will remain, the radio voice for the Winter Hawks for the foreseeable future.  I look forward to working with Bill Gallacher, Mike Johnston, Travis Green and the rest of the new group as the team looks to regain its place as a premier team in the Western Hockey League.

I have seen this team in the great times, the good times and the downright lousy times over the past 32 years…the changes aren’t going to be easy and the results won’t come overnight.  But, I believe, with the commitment of this new group and the leadership in the front office, the team will return to where everyone wants it to be.

This has been a tough few months…it is time to move forward.

Thank you for continuing to read this blog and supporting this team.

Sale Is Now Official…

You can read the details at:


Right now, I will be in the press box calling the action from Kennewick on Friday night when the Hawks take on the Americans.

I want to publicly say thank you to Brian Pellerin and Innes Mackie.  Both of these guys are first class individuals who gave their all to the organization. 

I will have more thoughts later on…

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