Hawks vs. Giants…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Vancouver, October 4, 2008


Previous Game – Vancouver 5 @ Portland 0:  The Vancouver Giants got two goals from Mike Piluso and 19 saves from rookie goaltender Jamie Tucker to defeat the Portland Winter Hawks by a score of 5-0 on Saturday night at the Memorial Coliseum.  Vancouver got an even strength goal from Adam Basford in the first period before Piluso added his first of the game halfway through the second period.  The Giants would then get three goals in the final two minutes to blow open the game, coming on power play goal by Piluso and even strength markers from Brenden Gallagher and Lance Bouma.  Portland was shut out for the second straight game and for the third time in four games to start the season.  Tucker got his second career WHL and shutout in net for the Giants.  Jordan White went the distance in net for Portland, stopping 30 of 35 shots in the loss.  On special teams, Vancouver went 1 for 4 on the man advantage while Portland went 0 for 6.

Team Notes:  Portland is (1-3-0-0); (1-2-0-0) 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.  The Hawks scoreless streak sits at 132:30 entering the game.

Hawks Acquire Ridgeway:  On Wednesday, October 01, 2008, the Winter Hawks acquired 18 year old left wing Joel Ridgeway from the Tri City Americans for a conditional 6th Round draft pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.

Portland All-Time Record on October 4:  5-4-1-0-0 (2-2-0-0-0 on road)

Portland vs. Vancouver:  This is the second of four meetings between the two teams, Vancouver leads the series 1-0-0-0.  See summary above for details on the first meeting.  The last Hawk win in Vancouver was on March 4, 2005, a 4-2 victory.


Game Schedule:


9/2708 – Vancouver 5 @ Portland 0

10/4/08 @ Vancouver

11/16/08 @ Vancouver

2/7/09 @ Portland


All-Time vs. Vancouver:


Total:  37 GP – 14 (W) – 20 (L) – 2 (T) – 1 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)


At Home:  20 GP – 9-10-1-0-0 – On Road:  17 GP – 5-10-1-1-0


Portland All-Time:


Total:  2308 GP – 1128 (W) – 1017 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)


At Home:  1155 GP – 711-373-61-71-3 – 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)


Hawks Select Captains:  Based on a vote of their teammates, Travis Ehrhardt has been named Team Captain while Scott Gabriel, Ryan Kerr and Matt Schmermund have been named Alternate Captains for 2008-09.


Injuries & Roster Updates:  Ryan Andersen, F, Shoulder (Week to Week); Scott Gabriel, D, Concussion (Day to Day); Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Ryan Kerr, D, Shoulder (Day to Day).  The Hawks have lost 13 man games to injury in 2008-09.  The Hawks released D Lee Morrow on Thursday.


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.  Chris Francis needs three games played to reach 150 in his WHL career.


Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:

Most Goals Scored:  2 (9/21 vs. Kelowna, 2-1 win)
Most Goals Allowed:  5 (9/27 vs. Vancouver, 5-0 loss)
Most Power Play Chances: 9 (9/21 vs. Kelowna, 2-1 win)

Most Power Play Chances Against:  6 (9/21 vs. Kelowna, 2-1 win)
Most Power Play Goals Scored: 1 (9/21 vs. Kelowna, 2-1 win)
Most Power Play Goals Allowed: 1 (Four Times)
Most Shots Taken:  40 (9/20 vs. Spokane, 3-0 loss)
Fewest Shots Taken:  17 (9/21 vs. Kelowna, 2-1 win)
Most Shot Allowed:  35 (9/27 vs. Vancouver, 5-0 loss)
Fewest Shots Allowed:  25 (9/20 vs. Spokane, 3-0 loss)
Last Shutout:  N/A
Last Time Shutout: 9/27 vs. Vancouver (Tucker – 19 saves, 5-0 loss)

Penalty Shots: N/A
Shootout Game Winning Goals:  N/A


  1. Hey Andy:

    I like the stats on the preview of game night. Could it be possible to add power play % and penalty kill % for both teams as well? I always enjoyed that stat and I am hoping others do too.

    Thanks again

  2. anybody have some thoughts about the game last night or the season so far?

  3. I have the answer to the Winterhawks troubles: With D-men Lee Morrow getting released by the Hawks this past week, along with Former Hawks D-men Lucas Alexiuk being showed the door by Lethbridge, that brings the total to 5 out of the 7 Defensemen who started with W-hawks last season out of the WHL in one year. WOW!!

    Ty Arliss cut by Moose Jaw last year. Bo Montgomery a former alternative captain quit the team and Todd Panchyson has disappearred too.

    Only Scott Gabriel and Brett Ponich remain with the Hawks, they are the only 2 to remain in the LEAGUE!

    That just tells the scouting director or player performance manager did not do a very good job. The results show in the attendence this year. 7500 in 3 home games, all on week ends, and i have been accounted for 6 of the 7500 fans so far.

    your thought?

  4. It seems that if any player that slips up AT ALL, the team either trades him or releases him. Or if someone gets a “C” on a term paper, he violates team rules. It’s different if a player is caught using drugs or gets intoxicated. I knew when Frazee and Scevior got traded that they would score on a regular basis wherever they went. They probably “didn’t have enough grit in front of the net” or something. I hope when the coaching staff is let go, that Ken Hodge and ownership doesn’t go to the “former Hawks that haven’t coached here yet” list, and instead they get somebody who has a track record of turning teams around. I’m encouraged that the team gives up only 2 or 3 goals a game. The bad thing is they only score 0 or 1. I guess they need “time to gel”. Sorry, I forgot.

    It’s tough going to the games and seeing the goalies, as the broadcasters say “let in those stinkers they’d like to have back”. Those stinkers just cost us the game.

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