Portland @ Spokane…Game Notes…

My view from the Spokane press box…a couple roster updates – Scott Gabriel will play as a forward tonight and Riley Boychuk will not play due to his sore back.

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Spokane – October 15, 2008


Previous Game – Seattle 4 @ Portland 0:  Calvin Pickard made 20 saves and Prab Rai scored two goals to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-0 victory over the Portland Winter Hawks at the Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.  It was the first career WHL victory and shutout for Pickard and the fourth time that Portland has been shutout this season.  Rai would get the only goal of the first period off a goalmouth scramble, set up by Jim O’Brien and David Richard.  Seattle would score twice in the second period on a rebound goal by Lindsay Nielsen and a shorthanded breakaway by Greg Scott.  Seattle would round out the scoring on another rebound goal by Rai late in the final period. Brenden Dillon, O’Brien and Richard all had two assists for Seattle.  Kurtis Mucha went the distance in net for Portland, stopping 27 of 31 shots in the loss.  On the power play, both teams went scoreless – Seattle on five power play opportunities and Portland on four.

Team Notes:  Portland is (1-6-0-0); (1-4-0-0) at home; (0-2-0-0) 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. 

Portland vs. Spokane:  This is the third of nine meetings between the two teams, Spokane leads the season series 2-0-0-0.   Six players for Portland have one point in the series, while four players for Spokane have three points.  Dustin Tokarski has won both games for Spokane, posting 1.00 GAA and a 96.9% save percentage.  Portland is 1 for 12 (8.3%) on the power play while Spokane is 3 for 12 (25.0%).   The last win for Portland in Spokane was on 11/23/05, an 8-3 victory.


Game Schedule:

9/20/08 – Spokane 3 @ Portland 0                       10/10/08 – Spokane 6 @ Portland 2       

10/15/08 @ Spokane                                  11/7/08 @ Spokane

1/3/09 @ Spokane                                       1/14/09 @ Spokane

1/16/09 @ Portland                                      2/13/09 @ Portland

2/27/09 @ Spokane


All-Time vs. Spokane:


Total:  224 GP – 90 (W) – 117 (L) – 12 (T) – 3 (OTL) – 2 (SOL)


At Home:  112 GP – 51-50-9-0-2 – On Road:  112 GP – 39-67-3-3-0


Portland All-Time:


Total:  2311 GP – 1128 (W) – 1020 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)


At Home:  1157 GP – 711-373-61-71-3 – On Road:  1154 GP – 417-645-66-21-5




Regular Season Leaders:


Goals:  Colin Reddin (2)

Assists:  Brad Ross (2)

Points:  Brad Ross (3)

Penalty Minutes:  Luke Walker (23)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (4.21)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (.875)

Power Play:  2 for 39 (5.1%)

Penalty Kill:  27 of 35 (77.1%)


Injuries & Roster Updates:  Ryan Andersen, F, Shoulder (Week to Week); Scott Gabriel, D, Concussion (Day to Day); Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 24 man games to injury in 2008-09.  The Winter Hawks released 20 year old goaltender Jordan White on Saturday, October 11.

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 8,439 minutes played, and is now 4th all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 177 minutes behind Brent Belecki for third on the all-time list.  Mucha needs one more appearance to reach 150 in his WHL career.  Travis Ehrhardt needs nine more games played to reach 200 in his WHL career.


Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:

Most Goals Scored:  2 (Twice)
Most Goals Allowed:  7 (10/4 @ Vancouver, 7-1 loss)
Most Power Play Chances: 9 (9/21 vs. Kelowna, 2-1 win)

Most Power Play Chances Against:  9 (10/10 vs. Spokane, 6-2 loss)
Most Power Play Goals Scored: 1 (Twice)
Most Power Play Goals Allowed: 2 (Twice)
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:  38 (10/4 @ Vancouver, 7-1 loss)
Fewest Shots Allowed:  25 (9/20 vs. Spokane, 3-0 loss)
Last Shutout:  N/A
Last Time Shutout: 10/11 vs. Seattle (Pickard – 20 saves, 4-0 loss)

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



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