Portland @ Swift Current…Game Notes…

The view from the Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current…

Line-up changes tonight…Matt Schmermund & Travis Bobbee are in…Ryan Kerr and Joe Morrow are out.  Kurtis Mucha starts in net…

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Swift Current – October 25, 2008

 

Previous Game – Portland 3 @ Regina 5:  The Regina Pats scored four second period goals to erase a two-goal deficit and they would go on to defeat the Portland Winter Hawks by a score of 5-3 on Friday night at the Brandt Centre in Regina.  Portland would take a 3-1 lead early in the second period, getting goals from Taylor Peters, Radim Valchar and Travis Ehrhardt.  Killian Hutt assisted on two of the goals, giving him five assists in his last two games.  Valchar’s goal was a power play goal while Ehrhardt’s came during a four-on-four.  Regina got goals from five different scorers, Garrett Mitchell, Brett Leffler, Matt Strueby, Jordan Eberle and Jordan Weal.  Eberle and Weal added assists for two point nights.  Three of the Pat goals came while the teams played four-on-four and one was a power play marker.  Keith Hamilton made his second straight start for Portland, stopping 37 of 42 shots in the loss.  Jeff Bosch made 30 saves on 33 shots in the win for Regina.  Portland went 1 for 7 on the power play while killing 8 of 9 penalties against.

Team Notes:  Portland is (2-11-0-0); (1-4-0-0) at home; (1-7-0-0) 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. Swift Current:  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 3-1, out-shooting the Broncos by a margin of 43-31.  The last Hawk win in Swift Current was on 2/9/96 by a score of 9-5.

 

Game Schedule:

 

10/25/08 – Portland @ Swift Current

 

All-Time vs. Swift Current:

Total:  34 GP – 13 (W) – 18 (L) – 1 (T) – 2 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)

 

At Home:  17 GP – 11-6-0-0-0 – On Road:  17 GP – 2-12-1-2-0

 

Portland All-Time:

 

Total:  2317 GP – 1129 (W) – 1025 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

 

At Home:  1157 GP – 711-375-61-71-3 – On Road:  1160 GP – 418-650-66-21-5

Regular Season Leaders:

 

Goals:  Brad Ross/Luke Walker (4)

Assists:  Killian Hutt (6)

Points:  Killian Hutt/Brad Ross (7)

Penalty Minutes:  Ryan Kerr (36)

GAA:  Keith Hamilton (4.01)

Save Percentage:  Keith Hamilton (89.3%)

Power Play:  8 for 73 (11.0%)

Penalty Kill:  47 of 68 (69.1%)

 

Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 42 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 three 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 (Twice)
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

 

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4 Comments

  1. After doing some homework regarding Mucha from the previous comment, I just don’t know anymore. Mucha career record with the Hawks is : 40 – 88 – 3 – 5 ….. which means the Hawks only win a little bit over 25% of the time when Mucha starts.

    Is that his fault? absolutely NOT! but it does offer the question, who gives the Hawks a better chance of winning? Mucha or Hamilton? both have pros and cons.

    I guess what i am saying i don’t anymore. I love Mucha, he is a competitor, but this is a TEAM game.

    your thoughts?

  2. Well Brian as much as the stats are stats has Mucha had any support in the years he has been here I mean come on when your out shot 40 or 45 to 20 every night your not going to win much ,hockey is a team sport and if the forwards dont the loose and the D men give up that many shots per game how do we win (just because hammy won his first start doesnt mean that given the same number of games that his record would be much better) I personally think that the reason we are such a bad team is old ownership and hodgie just doesnt know how to make the right deal in todays game it has changed so much over 20 years and I cant wait till the road trip is over and the boys are back home and the current coaches are GONE (Cromm is just a bad coach and cant get his players to play as hard as Willy or Brent could

  3. I THINK THE FACT THAT MUCHA WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO GET A LONG LOOK BY THE COYOTES TELLS ME THAT HE HAD QUALITY DEFENSEMEN IN FRONT OF HIM THAT MADE HIM LOOK GOOD. BACK HERE IN PORTLAND, HE BARELY MAKES THE ROUTINE SAVES. THAT IS WHAT CONCERNS ME.

    HAVE YOU NOTICED WE ALMOST HAVE TO COMMIT GOALTENDER INTERFERENCE TO SCORE A GOAL BECAUSE THEIR GOALIE IS DOING CARTWHEELS AND STOPPING EVERYTHING? YET I SIT BACK IN THE COMFORT OF MY LIVING ROOM LISTENING TO ANDY SAY “SHOT FROM THE SLOT, SCORES”, “SHOT FROM THE CIRCLE, SCORES”, SHOT FROM THE BLUE LINE, SCORES”, UH OH, BOBBEE FELL DOWN, HERE’S A BREAKAWAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY, SCORES”, “MUCHA THOUGHT HE HAD THE NEAR POST COVERED, BUT IT SNEAKED UNDER THE ELBOW”.

  4. a good goalie does not have to make cartwheels to save the puck, we have to interfere with the goalie to score our goals, because we lack the speed and skill NOW to score on transition plays.


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