Weekend Wrap…

Here is the video of the lone Hawks goal scored on Saturday night in Vancouver…it was a beauty, but again, it was the only one.

Nice to see Brad Ross get the goal, he has been one of Portland’s best forwards to start the season and has been in on all three goals that the Hawks have scored, with a goal and two assists.

He almost had another goal in the third after a dynamic rush from his own zone, but the puck slid wide.

It was a weird weekend with only one game…the team bus left Portland around 2:00 PM on Friday afternoon and after sitting on I-5 in Chehalis/Centralia for somewhere close to 90 minutes due to an accident, we didn’t arrive in Vancouver until 10:30 PM.   There is nothing worse than sitting on a freeway not moving. 

One of the nice things about travelling to Canada is that you can flip the channels in the hotel room at pretty much any hour of the day and see something hockey related.  I got a chance to watch both NHL games from Europe on Saturday and it was nice to see Brandon Dubinsky get the game winner for the New York Rangers.  He looks poised to be a solid second line center for the Rangers and will be counted upon to produce even more than he did last season with the departure of Jaromir Jagr to the KHL in Russia.

There was also a great picture and small “spotlight” in the Saturday Vancouver Province on former Hawk Jannik Hansen, who is trying to become a regular with the Vancouver Canucks this season.  The picture was Hansen standing over a fallen Rob Blake of the San Jose Sharks after Hansen ran him with a big hit. 

It was nice to watch hockey all day Saturday while looking out at the wind and rain.

The trip home was shorter than the trip up, even with a nearly hour delay at the border, and the bus pulled into the MC parking lot around 4:30 AM.  The Hawks are using a different bus company than the past few years, and I must admit that I miss our former driver Dick Melhart.  Dick was a great guy to have a conversation with and he was very much a part of the team.  It just seems different, not bad – just different, with the new driver.

It was nice to see some Portland fans and jerseys in the crowd on Saturday night.  With the rising fuel costs and everything else, the dedication of the fans to make the road trips like this isn’t lost on the players or the team. 

It’s hard to believe that the only two home games in October will be this weekend – Friday vs. Spokane and Saturday vs. Seattle – before the team heads East to round out the month. 

I’m looking forward to the long road trip…this will be my first swing through the Eastern barns (other than Swift Current) and I will do my best to bring the stories (and hopefully pictures) to the blog.

It should be an interesting trip…

That’s it for now…

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