Portland vs. Regina…Game Notes…

The view from the Brandt Centre press box, and it is a good one…

Same scratches as Wednesday…Keith Hamilton getting the start.

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Regina– October 24, 2008


Previous Game – Portland 4 @ Saskatoon 3 (OT):  Keith Hamilton, in his first career WHL start, stopped 30 shots and rookie defenseman Troy Rutkowski scored the overtime winner to lead the Portland Winter Hawks to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Saskatoon Blades.  The win snapped a 9 game losing streak for Portland and an 8 game winning streak for Saskatoon.  Killian Hutt assisted on three goals for Portland, and Riley Boychuk scored once and added an assist.  Both Rutkowski and Boychuk scored their first career WHL goals in the win.  Luke Walker and Brad Ross also had goals for Portland.  Saskatoon got goals from Adam Chorneyko, Mike Reich and Travis Toomey in the loss.  The Hawks were down 2-1 after two periods before Walker tied it in the opening minute of the final period.  Saskatoon would regain the lead, just over two minutes later, but the Hawks tied it on Ross’ goal and they would remain tied into overtime.  Hutt set up the overtime winner by driving toward the net, with Rutkowski trailing, the puck bounced to Rutkowski and he made a move to open the net before filing a backhand home.  Portland went 1 for 4 on the power play while Saskatoon was 1 for 3.  Hamilton stopped 30 of 33 shots in the win for Portland while Adam Morrison stopped 24 of 28 in the loss for Saskatoon.

Team Notes:  Portland is (2-10-0-0); (1-4-0-0) at home; (1-6-0-0) 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. 

Portland vs. Regina:  This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.  Last season, Portland won the only meeting in Portland by a score of 4-3, despite being outshot by a margin of 33-28.  The last Hawk win in Regina was on 1/11/05 by a score of 5-2.


Game Schedule:


10/24/08 – Portland @ Regina


All-Time vs. Regina:

Total:  62 GP – 33 (W) – 27 (L) – 2 (T) – 0 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)


At Home:  32 GP – 22-10-0-0-0 – On Road:  30 GP – 11-17-2-0-0


Portland All-Time:


Total:  2316 GP – 1129 (W) – 1024 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)


At Home:  1157 GP – 711-375-61-71-3 – On Road:  1159 GP – 418-649-66-21-5


Regular Season Leaders:


Goals:  Brad Ross/Luke Walker (4)

Assists:  Killian Hutt/Radim Valchar (4)

Points:  Brad Ross (6)

Penalty Minutes:  Ryan Kerr (29)

GAA:  Keith Hamilton (2.93)

Save Percentage:  Keith Hamilton (90.9%)

Power Play:  7 for 66 (10.6%)

Penalty Kill:  39 of 59 (66.1%)


Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 40 man games to injury in 2008-09.   

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 8,677 minutes played, and is now 3rd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 77 minutes behind Darrell May for second on the all-time list.  Travis Ehrhardt needs four more games played to reach 200 in his WHL career.  Matt Schmermund needs three 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 (10/10 vs. Spokane, 6-2 loss)
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:  46 (10/17/08 @ Brandon, 5-1 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




  1. At least right now, I think that Hamilton is the go-to guy in the net. I know we lost the game last night, but the fact that we’re actually scoring might be something to build on. The 4-on-4 goals that we gave up just shows something we already know, that our achilles heel is on defense.

    It sounds like the tandem of Ross and Hutt are a force to be dealt with. Rutkowski seems to have come out of nowhere to be a very solid player.

    If we can put a few in the net tonight in Swift Current, win or lose, I would rate as a successful road trip. At least from the stand point that we did, to a certain extent, come together as a team. That said, we do have a ways to go. Let’s don’t get too far ahead of ourselves. Losing 5-3 isn’t even close to the embarassment of a 7-0 loss, despite both being losses.

  2. Two different WH teams showed up last night. I thought the WH took their foot off the pedal in the second period, which led to their ultimate demise. At the start, they came at us hard, which I think caught the Pats by surprise. The third was solid for both teams.

    Hamilton made some outstanding saves last night. Can’t really blame him for the loss last night. The defense left him hung out to dry on a few occasions.

    There was a small cheering section for the WH, which was nice.

    Good luck in Swift tonight!

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