Portland @ Brandon…Game Notes…

The view from the Westman Communications Group Place, fomerly the Keystone Centre, in Brandon, Manitoba.

Going to be an interesting pre-game show tonight, plus Mark Ertle did an interview with WHL Commissioner Ron Robison that will air in the second intermission tonight.

Air-time is 5:10 Portland time…

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Brandon – October 17, 2008

 

Previous Game – Portland 2 @ Spokane 5:  The Spokane Chiefs would score three third period goals and defeat the Portland Winter Hawks by a score of 5-2 in front of 3,513 at the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday night.  Travis Ehrhardt and Luke Walker both had a goal and an assist for Portland in the loss.  Both Portland goals came on power plays, and they finished 2 for 6 on the man advantage on the night.  Spokane got power play goals Levko , Drayson Bowman and Blake Gal and even-strength goals from David Conrad and Mitch Wahl.  Gal’s goal was into an empty net.  Koper, Bowman and Wahl would all add assists for two point games.  Spokane finished 3 for 5 on the power play in the game.  James Reid picks up his first WHL victory in net for Spokane, stopping 30 of 32 shots, while Kurtis Mucha stopped 35 of 39 shots in net for Portland.

Team Notes:  Portland is (1-7-0-0); (1-4-0-0) at home; (0-3-0-0) 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. Brandon:  This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.  Last season, Brandon won the only meeting in Portland by a score of 4-2, outshooting the Hawks 37-33.  Andrew Hayes stopped 31 of 33 shots in the win while Kurtis Mucha stopped 33 of 36 for Portland.  The last win for Portland in Brandon was on 1/12/01, by the margin of 3-2.

 

Game Schedule:

 

10/17/08 – Portland @ Brandon

 

All-Time vs. Brandon:

 

Total:  62 GP – 29 (W) – 30 (L) – 3 (T) – 0 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)

 

At Home:  32 GP – 19-12-1-0-0 – On Road:  30 GP – 10-18-2-0-0

 

Portland All-Time:

 

Total:  2312 GP – 1128 (W) – 1021 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

 

At Home:  1157 GP – 711-375-61-71-3 – On Road:  1155 GP – 417-646-66-21-5

 

Regular Season Leaders:

 

Goals:  Travis Ehrhardt/Colin Reddin/Luke Walker (2)

Assists:  Brad Ross/Radim Valchar (2)

Points:  Travis Ehrhardt/Brad Ross/Luke Walker (3)

Penalty Minutes:  Luke Walker (23)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (4.17)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (.881)

Power Play:  4 for 45 (8.9%)

Penalty Kill:  29 of 40 (72.5%)

 

Injuries & Roster Updates:  Ryan Andersen, F, Shoulder (Week to Week); Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite); Riley Boychuk, F, Back (Day to Day).  The Hawks have lost 28 man games to injury in 2008-09.   The Hawks picked up overage forward Blair Macaulay from the Tri City Americans during the overage waiver draft on Thursday.

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 8,498 minutes played, and is now 4th all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 118 minutes behind Brent Belecki for third on the all-time list.  Travis Ehrhardt needs eight more games played to reach 200 in his WHL career.

 

Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:

Most Goals Scored:  2 (Three Times)
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: 2 (10/15/08 @ Spokane, 5-2 loss)
Most Power Play Goals Allowed: 3 (10/15/08 @ Spokane, 5-2 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 Shot Allowed:  40 (10/15/08 @ Spokane, 5-2 loss)
Fewest Shots Allowed:  25 (9/20/08 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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10 Comments

  1. So… are the new coaches shadowing the road trip?

  2. This isn’t a comment on the Portland/Brandon game … but I noticed tonight that in your ad for Claudia’s, it sounds like you indicate that it is on 13th and Hawthorne ….

    Unless they moved it in the past couple of days, Claudia’s is on 30th and Hawthorne.

    Hope I just misunderstood the advertisement.

    Sue

  3. Is there a way to listen to archived games anymore?

  4. Special Teams….. Until the Winterhawks start improving on special teams, I know their power play will never be higher than 10% st anypoint of the season, but the PK has to improve, and improve NOW …. The Hawks can’t win hockey games giving up 2 or 3 power play goals a game. Heck they can’t really afford to give up one.

    Its pretty sad , when the Hawks leading scorer only has 3 points so far, while other players are picking up 3 points a game against the W- Hawks.

    Coach Kromm days are numbered. I will say 15 for now.

    Happy travels Andy, I liked watching a game in Brandon at the Keystone Centre.

  5. Hey Andy: Do you ever think the WHL will go back to having every team play a home and home with other conference like the good old days?

    Only playing one game a year against the eastern conference sucks I think. I know they like to play more games within their division, but don’t we play Spokane, Tri – Cities and Seattle enough throughout the regular season? Is it because more butts in the seats against division foes, and traveling expenses were too high. These kids take a bus, its nots they are getting charter flights to Brandon, an Saskatoon. Your comments are thoughts would be great!

  6. I REPEAT MY PREDICTION FOR A BIG TRADE ON THIS ROAD TRIP.

    1. IF THE BEST WE HAVE TO OFFER IN GOAL IS GIVING UP 5 A GAME, SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE THERE.

    2. LEAVING OUT THE BROKEN RECORD STATEMENT “THEY NEED TIME TO GEL”, WE ARE ON A GOOD PACE TO HAVE 15 GUYS WITH 5 GOALS APIECE AND HEADED FOR THE MOST ABYSMAL RECORD THAT NOBODY, EVEN PORTLAND CAN’T BREAK. WELL, MAYBE PORTLAND.

    SOME PLAYERS JUST NEED A CHANGE OF SCENERY. EVERYBODY BENEFITS.

    STOP BEING AFRAID OF HURTING SOMBODY’S FEELINGS IF YOU TRADE THEM. THEY’LL GET OVER IT.

  7. Rick in Vancouver: the problem that has been consistent with Portland is the lack of defense. Last year, there were many games where Mucha & White saw more than 40 shots per game.

    Here is a game where the defense gave up 72 shots on goal. http://whl.ca/en/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1004938

    Even if the WH trade for a top end goalie, the result will be the same. The problem isn’t in goal, but everything else. And relegating Mucha to a backup role isn’t fair to a guy who has been the only to show up for the WH for the past two seasons.

    I think if Mucha is traded to a contender, he will for sure shine for them.

    The fact the coaches days are numbered also doesn’t help the situation.

    We’ll see what happens in the coming days. It is sad to see a once-proud franchise in a mess like it is now. I’ll be at the WH-Warriors game tonight and I expect to see the Warriors walk all over the WH.

  8. I have to agree that making a trade for some young prospects would be the wise choice. If I understood Rick correctly, he meant trading Mucha not to pick up a better goaltender for this year, but to move probably the only player we have with much exchange value. The Hawks need to recognize that we need to develop a core of players for the coming years, seriously improve the blue line, and pick up some forwards who can score big in ’09-’10-’11 . We may have a great group of kids, but together they are an absymal hockey team…

    Kromm should have been gone long before. I know its juniors and everything is so touchy feely, don’t hurt anyone’s feelings, etc.. but there’s a plague in this organization, we’d get trounced by mediocre bantam teams, its nothing short of pathetic. I hope the new ownership is ready to make some sound long term decisions to turn this club around.

  9. HI GORD, THANKS FOR RESPONDING. MY VIEW (OR FRUSTRATION) IS HIM NOT MAKING MORE ROUTINE SAVES. SO MANY TIMES I HEAR ANDY OR AS FAR BACK AS DEAN SAYING “THAT WAS A BIT OF A STINKER THAT I’M SURE KURTIS WOULD LIKE TO HAVE BACK.” SOUND FAMILIAR? WHEN YOU HAVE TROUBLE SCORING, THAT STINKER PROBABLY COST US THE GAME. IF YOU LOOK AT DESARRES IN SEATTLE OR TOKARSKI IN SPOKANE, THEY ARE GOALIES THAT CAN SINGLEHANDIDLY BEAT YOU ON A GIVEN NIGHT. I JUST THINK THAT FOR A 19 YEAR OLD, MUCHA SHOULD NOT BE LETTING UNOBSTRUCTED BLUE LINE SPECIALS. I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU SAID ABOUT THE DEFENSE BEING A MESS.

  10. HI JAMES,
    MY THOUGHT ON A MUCHA TRADE WAS MORE ON THE LINE OF TRADING A GOALIE WERE STILL WAITING ON FOR A GOALIE THAT THE OTHER TEAM IS WAITING ON. I USED TO KINDA SHRUG OFF THE PAST COMMENT THAT’S BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS THAT A GOALIE IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE DEFENSE IN FRONT OF HIM. I’M NOW RE-EVALUATING MY SHRUG SO TO SPEAK. IT’S FUNNY HOW WHEN WE MAKE TRADES, WE TRADE THE PLAYERS, THAT SHOULD HAVE HAD AN IMPACT HERE, TO THE EASTERN CONFERENCE “SO THEY DON’T COME BACK TO HAUNT US” HMMMMMMM. I STILL THINK “CHANGE OF SCENERY” TRADES BENEFIT BOTH TEAMS MORE OFTEN THAN NOT. WHEN AND IF PORTLAND STARTS TO TURN A CORNER, THE NEED TO MAKE A “COLTON YELLOW-HORN” TYPE TRADE, MEANING FIRST ROUND BANTAM PICK FOR A PLAYER THAT CAN HAVE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT NOW, NOT HOPEFULLY LATER.


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