Sunday Thoughts…

It was good to be back in the Rose Garden yesterday…maybe it’s just me, but hockey looks a lot better on those big HD screens than basketball. 

It was also good to reconnect with a lot of the production crew down in the production area, many that I worked with during Hawks TV broadcasts in past years.

The day didn’t go without its hitches, like not having the FM transmitter functioning in the Garden, but we hope to have that corrected by next Friday.  When you haven’t held a hockey game in that building for over a year, it is like relearning everything over there again and it isn’t a turn-key operation, as much as some people think it is.

On the ice, I thought both teams had pretty good jump and energy considering the short turn-around time from playing games in the Puget Sound area on Friday night.

I liked the Hawks so-called fourth line of Joel Ridgeway, Sawyer Mick and Stefan Schneider who was playing wing instead of his normal defense position.  They brought energy, grit and even created more than a couple scoring chances. 

Their effort wasn’t lost on Hawks Coach Mike Johnston, who had them out for just about every other shift at certain stretches during the game.

With Troy Rutkowski’s short-handed goal, the Hawks now have scored a short-handed marker in their last four home games.  I’m not sure if that has been done by the Hawks before, but it is still quite a feat.

It was great to sit down and have a between periods conversation with Dean Vrooman yesterday.  That was always a fun part of our broadcasts when we would just go into an intermission without a real plan and just talk about whatever crossed our minds.

During regular season games, Scooter and I never scripted out our pre-game show.  We’d always show up prepared with our own notes about the Hawks and their opponents, but we would just have a conversation.  I think that is what made our broadcasts as good as they were.  It is much easier to have a lively discussion when you don’t know what the other person is going to say.

Speaking of broadcasts…John Kirby will be back in the booth with me on Tuesday night as Mark Ertle has business to attend to.  And, like our game in Seattle, Kirby has gone into the “way-back” machine to dig out some audio highlights from the early 80’s for our first intermission.

You won’t want to miss it…

After Friday night’s game in Everett, the Hawks will only have to visit the Comcast Arena one more time this season, in mid-February…and that’s fine by me.  Three times in four games was plenty…

With the lack of success of the Hawks power-play recently, the short-handed scoring has made that race a bit interesting.  Will the Hawks score more short-handed than with the power-play?  To date, it is:

Power Play – 15 for 133 – 11.3%

Short Handed – 5 for 134 – 3.7%

In the last 10 games it has been:

Power Play – 6 for 51 – 11.8%

Short Handed – 5 for 50 – 10.0%

Stay tuned…

Portland rookie Brad Ross has a split personality in home games vs. road games…

At home, he’s a playmaker — 0 goals, 9 assists.

On the road, he’s a scorer — 6 goals, 1 assist.

Colin Reddin is the reverse:

At home — 5 goals, 2 assists

On the road — 0 goals, 4 assists

If you’re wondering who has been writing the longer features on www.winterhawks.com, that has been the Hawks new PR and Media Relations hire, Graham Kendrick.  Graham moved to Portland recently with his wife and has worked in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies.  Expect to read and hear more from him in the future.

He relocated to Memphis when the Vancouver Grizzlies relocated as well, so he is a Canadian at heart with a passion for hockey.  Welcome to Portland, Graham…

The Kootenay Ice invade the MC on Tuesday…game notes will be posted then…

Hawks vs. Birds…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Seattle @ Portland – November 29, 2008

 

Previous Game – Portland 0 @ Everett 3:  The Portland Winter Hawks road woes continued on Friday night as the Everett Silvertips got 22 saves from Shayne Barrie and they knock off the Hawks 3-0 in front of 5,543 at the Comcast Arena in Everett. Portland has now lost six in a row, all on the road.  Everett got a goal in each period, all even-strength, by Jesse Burt in the opening period, by Byron Froese in the middle period, and Graham Potuer in the third.  Kurtis Mucha went the distance in net for Portland, stopping 24 of 27 shots in the loss.  On special teams, Portland went 0 for 3 on the power play while Everett went 0 for 2.

 

Team Notes:  Portland is (7-20-0-0); (4-6-0-0) at home; (3-14-0-0) on the road.  The Hawks last home win was on November 15, 2008, a 4-3 win over Tri City.  The last road win was on November 7, 2008, a 2-1 win over Spokane.  This is the first Rose Garden game since 3/17/07, a 4-3 win over Seattle.  The Hawks all-time record in the Rose Garden is 92-71-15-5-2.

Portland vs. Seattle:  This is the third of 12 meetings between the two teams.  Seattle leads the season series 2-0-0-0.  Portland is 2 for 8 (25.0%) on the power play while Seattle is 1 for 10 (10.0%).   Seattle has outshot Portland 66-49 in the series.  Prab Rai leads all scorers with 4-3-7 in 2 games).

 

Game Schedule:

 

10/11/08 – Seattle 4 @ Portland 0                        11/22/08 @ Seattle – Portland 2 @ Seattle 6

11/29/09 @ Portland                                               12/6/08 @ Portland

12/27/08 @ Seattle                                      12/31/08 @ Portland

1/24/09 @ Seattle                                        2/14/09 @ Seattle

2/21/09 @ Portland                                      2/28/09 @ Seattle

3/13/09 @ Seattle                                        3/14/09 @ Portland

 

All-Time vs. Seattle:

 

Total:  403 GP – 212 (W) – 161 (L) – 23 (T) – 6 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)

 

At Home:  201 GP – 126-64-8-3-0 – On Road:  202 GP – 86-97-15-3-1

 

Portland All-Time:

 

Total:  2331 GP – 1134 (W) – 1034 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

 

At Home:  1162 GP – 714-377-61-71-3 – On Road:  1169 GP – 420-657-66-21-5

 

 

Regular Season Leaders:

 

Goals:  Radim Valchar (8)

Assists:  Killian Hutt (10)

Points:  Killian Hutt/Radim Valchar (16)

Penalty Minutes:  Brett Ponich/Luke Walker (42)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (3.97)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (88.7%)

Power Play:  15 for 130 (11.5%) overall

Penalty Kill:  94 of 132 (71.2%) overall

 

Current Streaks:  None.

 

Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 71 man games to injury in 2008-09.   Tayler Jordan is serving the second of a two game suspension.  17 year old defenseman David Watt has been reassigned to the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL.

Three Named to Team Pacific:  Keith Hamilton, Brad Ross and Troy Rutkowski were all named to represent Team Pacific at the World U17 Championships to be held in Port Alberni, BC, from December 29, 2008 – January 4, 2009.

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 9,357 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 402 minutes behind Lanny Ramage on the all-time list.  Radim Valchar needs one game played and Luke Walker needs three games played to reach 100 in their WHL careers.

Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:
Most Goals Scored:  7 (11/9/08 vs. Kamloops, 7-5 win)

Fewest Goals Scored:  0 (Seven Times)
Most Goals Allowed:  7 (Three Times)

Fewest Goals Allowed:  1 (Four Times)
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 (Four Times)
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:  47 (10/25/08 @ Swift Current, a 6-2 loss)
Fewest Shots Allowed:  19 (11/18/08 @ Chilliwack, a 2-0 loss)
Last Shutout:  N/A
Last Time Shutout: 11/28/08 @ Everett (Barrie, 22 Saves – 3-0 loss)

Penalty Shots: N/A

Overtime Game Winning Goals:  Rutkowski 10/22 vs. Saskatoon
Shootout Game Winning Goals:  N/A

Watt Reassigned…Hawks/Tips Game Notes

David Watt has been reassigned to the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL.  He will play for former Winter Hawk defenseman Brian Curran, who is the Head Coach of the Bandits.

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Everett – November 28, 2008

 

Previous Game – Portland 2 @ Seattle 6:  Prab Rai scored two goals and assisted on three others to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 6-2 win.  The loss was the fifth in a row for Portland on the road, and they finish their seven game in nine night stretch with a record of 2-5-0-0. Jim O’Brien contributed two goals and one assist while Jonathan Parker and Thomas Hickey each had three assists for Seattle.  Seattle also got goals from Brenden Silvester and Greg Scott. Portland’s two goals both were power play markers, one by Brad Ross in the first period and the second by Radim Valchar in the final minute of play.  Keith Hamilton started in net for Portland and stopped seven shots on 10 shots in 12:14 of game action before giving way to Kurtis Mucha who stopped 22 of 25 shots the rest of the way.  Calvin Pickard stopped 27 of 29 shots in the win for Seattle.  On special teams, Portland went 2 for 4 on the power play while Seattle finished 1 for 5.

Team Notes:  Portland is (7-19-0-0); (4-6-0-0) at home; (3-13-0-0) on the road.  The Hawks last home win was on November 15, 2008, a 4-3 win over Tri City.  The last road win was on November 7, 2008, a 2-1 win over Spokane. 

Portland vs. Everett:  This is the fourth of 10 meetings between the two teams, 5 games in each city.  Everett leads the season series 3-0-0-0.  Everett has outscored Portland 14-3 in the three games.  Everett is 5 for 15 (33.3%) on the power play while Portland is 0 for 16. 

 

Game Schedule:

 

9/26/08 – Portland 0 @ Everett 2                          1/11/09 in Portland

11/19/08 – Portland 1 @ Everett 7                        1/31/09 in Portland

11/21/08 – Portland 2 @ Everett 5                        2/18/09 in Everett

11/28/08 in Everett                                                   3/3/09 in Portland

1/2/09 in Portland                                                    3/8/09 in Portland

 

All-Time vs. Everett:

Total:  57 GP – 14 (W) – 36 (L) – 4 (T) – 2 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)

 

At Home:  27 GP – 5-19-3-0-0 – On Road:  30 GP – 9-17-1-2-1

 

Portland All-Time:

Total:  2330 GP – 1134 (W) – 1033 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

 

At Home:  1162 GP – 714-377-61-71-3 – On Road:  1168 GP – 420-656-66-21-5

 

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals:  Radim Valchar (8)

Assists:  Killian Hutt (10)

Points:  Killian Hutt/Radim Valchar (16)

Penalty Minutes:  Luke Walker (42)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (4.03)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (88.6%)

Power Play:  15 for 127 (11.8%) overall

Penalty Kill:  92 of 130 (70.8%) overall

 

Current Streaks:  Killian Hutt (1-1-2 in last 2).

 

Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite); Oliver Gabriel, F, Knee (Day to Day).  The Hawks have lost 69 man games to injury in 2008-09.   Tayler Jordan is serving the first of a two game suspension.

Three Named to Team Pacific:  Keith Hamilton, Brad Ross and Troy Rutkowski were all named to represent Team Pacific at the World U17 Championships to be held in Port Alberni, BC, from December 29, 2008 – January 4, 2009.

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 9,297 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 462 minutes behind Lanny Ramage on the all-time list.  Radim Valchar needs two games played and Luke Walker needs four games played to reach 100 in their WHL careers.

Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:
Most Goals Scored:  7 (11/9/08 vs. Kamloops, 7-5 win)

Fewest Goals Scored:  0 (Six Times)
Most Goals Allowed:  7 (Three Times)

Fewest Goals Allowed:  1 (Four Times)
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 (Four Times)
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:  47 (10/25/08 @ Swift Current, a 6-2 loss)
Fewest Shots Allowed:  19 (11/18/08 @ Chilliwack, a 2-0 loss)
Last Shutout:  N/A
Last Time Shutout: 11/18/08 @ Chilliwack (2-0, Friesen 28 saves)

Penalty Shots: N/A

Overtime Game Winning Goals:  Rutkowski 10/22 vs. Saskatoon
Shootout Game Winning Goals:  N/A

Monday Wrap…

It’s nice to be home again after a rough week on the road. 

It started with me feeling like garbage and ended with five losses in five games over seven nights.  Trust me, I’ve had better weeks.

A few random thoughts:

It was great to work with John Kirby again on Saturday night at the Key Arena.  We had hoped to have the Scooter with us that night as well, but he had family obligations (like his Son’s birthday is more important than calling a game with me and Kirbs…sheesh!).

We’re hoping to have all three of us on a broadcast sometime before the season is over, depending on scheduling and Scooter’s suspect priorities.

Saturday was, most likely, the last game to be played between Portland and Seattle in the actual city of Seattle as the new Showare Center at Kent is reaching completion.  It sounds like they will put the ice surface in on December 1st and then tear it out and put it in again on December 4th, just to make sure that it works and they have one full transition under their belts.

Their goal is for the December 27th game against Portland to be the first game in the new building.  I’m looking forward to it…even if the radio broadcast booth is in the corner, and not at center ice.

I had a couple questions about Ryan Kerr’s status and all I can offer is that he has been a scratch due to Coach’s decision. 

One more road game, on Friday in Everett, before the longest home stand of the season – six games in December.

Two of the next three home dates are in the Rose Garden (11/29 vs. Seattle and 12/5 vs Calgary), marking the first games in the Garden since 3/17/07 when the Hawks knocked off Seattle 4-3 skating on green ice and wearing Portland Buckaroo jerseys. 

All-time, the Hawks have played 185 games in the Rose Garden, going 92 – 71 – 15 (T) – 5 (OTL) – 2 (SOL), for a winning percentage of .557.

On Thursday night of last week, I decided to take in the movie “Role Models” at the Everett Mall Cinema and after buying my ticket and walking in to the theater lobby, I look at the snack counter only to find the entire Winter Hawk team with Assistant Coach’s Travis Green and Kyle Gustafson.

Very funny movie…even if I did have to share the theatre with 25 hockey players.

From the interesting statistic of the day category…

Here is the Winter Hawks shooting percentage by period so far in 2008-09:

1st period – 12 goals on 219 shots — 5.5%  (Last year – 6.7%)

2nd period – 16 goals on 253 shots — 6.3% (Last year – 8.1%)

3rd period – 24 goals on 220 shots — 10.9% (Last year – 6.0%)

Overtime – 1 goal on 2 shots — 50.0% (Last year – 0.0%)

Opponents shooting percentage:

1st period – 35 goals on 308 shots — 11.3% (Last year – 10.5%)

2nd period – 40 goals on 315 shots — 12.6% (Last year – 10.2%)

3rd period – 36 goals on 282 shots — 12.8% (Last year – 11.1%)

Overtime – 0 goals on 1 shot — 0.0% (Last year – 10.0%)

To keep the statistical comparison going…through 26 games, this is where the team stands vs. last year:

Record – 7-19-0-0 (14 points) – Last year – 5-21-0-0 (10 points)

Goals For – 53 (Last year – 53)

Goals Against – 111 (Last year – 106)

Shots For – 694 (Last year – 620)

Shots Against – 906 (Last year – 1041)

Power Play – 15 for 127, 11.8% (Last year – 13 for 131, 9.9%)

Penalty Kill – 92 of 130, 70.8% (Last year – 119 of 156, 76.3%)

Short Handed Goals For – 4 (Last year – 4)

Short Handed Goals Against – 4 (Last year – 8)

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving (for my readers in Canada…enjoy working on Thursday!) as  I will only be posting any breaking news (if there is any) until Friday’s pre-game notes.

That’s it for now…

Portland @ Seattle…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Seattle – November 22, 2008

 

Previous Game – Portland 2 @ Everett 5:  Tyler Maxwell scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead the Everett Silvertips to a 5-2 win over the Portland Winter Hawks in front of 6,314 at the Comcast Arena on Friday night.  The Hawks scored the first goal – a chip shot by Killian Hutt on a four-on-four opportunity early in the first period – and the final goal – a shorthanded wrist shot from Joel Ridgeway – but Everett scored five in between to get the win.  Ridgeway’s goal was his first as a Winter Hawk.  Maxwell scored the first two goals for Everett and then set up Mike Alexander for the third, on the power play, to give Everett a 3-1 lead.  They would add goals from Graham Potuer in the second and Jordan Mistelbacher in the third to extend their lead to 5-1.  Shayne Barrie stopped 19 of 21 shots in the win for Everett while Kurtis Mucha handled 37 of 42 in the loss for Portland.  On special teams, Portland went 0 for 7 on the power play while Everett went 1 for 7.

Team Notes:  Portland is (7-18-0-0); (4-6-0-0) at home; (3-12-0-0) on the road.  The Hawks last home win was on November 15, 2008, a 4-3 win over Tri City.  The last road win was on November 7, 2008, a 2-1 win over Spokane. 

Portland vs. Seattle:  This is the second of 12 meetings between the two teams.  Seattle leads the season series 1-0-0-0, defeating Portland 4-0 on October 11 in Portland.  Calvin Pickard made 20 saves for the shutout.  Portland went 0 for 4 with a shorthanded goal against while Seattle went 0 for 5 on the power play.  The Hawks last road win in Seattle was on 2/3/07, a 5-2 win.

 

Game Schedule:

 

10/11/08 – Seattle 4 @ Portland 0                        11/22/08 @ Seattle

11/29/09 @ Portland                                               12/6/08 @ Portland

12/27/08 @ Seattle                                      12/31/08 @ Portland

1/24/09 @ Seattle                                        2/14/09 @ Seattle

2/21/09 @ Portland                                      2/28/09 @ Seattle

3/13/09 @ Seattle                                        3/14/09 @ Portland

 

All-Time vs. Seattle:

 

Total:  402 GP – 212 (W) – 160 (L) – 23 (T) – 6 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)

 

At Home:  201 GP – 126-64-8-3-0 – On Road:  201 GP – 86-96-15-3-1

 

Portland All-Time:

 

Total:  2329 GP – 1134 (W) – 1032 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

 

At Home:  1162 GP – 714-377-61-71-3 – On Road:  1167 GP – 420-655-66-21-5

 

Regular Season Leaders:

 

Goals:  Radim Valchar/Luke Walker (7)

Assists:  Killian Hutt/Brad Ross (9)

Points:  Killian Hutt/Radim Valchar (15)

Penalty Minutes:  Luke Walker (40)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (4.04)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (88.7%)

Power Play:  13 for 123 (10.6%) overall

Penalty Kill:  88 of 125 (70.4%) overall

 

Current Streaks:  Travis Ehrhardt (0-2-2 in last 2).

 

Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 66 man games to injury in 2008-09.   

Three Named to Team Pacific:  Keith Hamilton, Brad Ross and Troy Rutkowski were all named to represent Team Pacific at the World U17 Championships to be held in Port Alberni, BC, from December 29, 2008 – January 4, 2009.

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 9,249 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 510 minutes behind Lanny Ramage on the all-time list.  Radim Valchar needs three games played and Luke Walker needs five games played to reach 100 in their WHL careers.

Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:
Most Goals Scored:  7 (11/9/08 vs. Kamloops, 7-5 win)

Fewest Goals Scored:  0 (Six Times)
Most Goals Allowed:  7 (Three Times)

Fewest Goals Allowed:  1 (Four Times)
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 (Three Times)
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:  47 (10/25/08 @ Swift Current, a 6-2 loss)
Fewest Shots Allowed:  19 (11/18/08 @ Chilliwack, a 2-0 loss)
Last Shutout:  N/A
Last Time Shutout: 11/18/08 @ Chilliwack (2-0, Friesen 28 saves)

Penalty Shots: N/A

Overtime Game Winning Goals:  Rutkowski 10/22 vs. Saskatoon
Shootout Game Winning Goals:  N/A

 

Saturday Update…

The final game of the seven game in nine night stretch goes tonight at the Key Arena in Seattle.  This will most likely be the final game ever in Key Arena for the Hawks and I’m glad that John Kirby will be joining me and providing color for tonights game.

Kirby and I will be sharing some of our favorite Seattle stories and maybe throwing out some highlights from Portland/Seattle hockey history as well.

Pre-game starts at 6:40.

Even though the shots showed 41-21 against last night, the Hawks played a better game than they did on Wednesday night against the ‘Tips.  Better…but not close to where they needed to be with energy and spark.  Its obvious that the schedule has everyone worn down and the body may not be responding to the brain as it should.

It will be interesting to see what happens next Friday after the Hawks have had five days rest (although, it does come a day after Thanksgiving – hopefully the “turkey effect” won’t play a factor).

The power play is now 0 for the road trip, having not capitalized in 18 opportunities in the four games during this stretch.  It just appears that there is no motion and the Hawks are making it easy to defend by standing still.

This will be something that I will ask Assistant Coach Travis Green about on the Coach’s show tonight.

It was good to get a note from Shelly Andersen (see the comments section on the Scott Gabriel post below) on her son Ryan, who is now playing for the North Battleford Stars of the SJHL.

Speaking of Scott Gabriel, it appears that Scott has decided to play for the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL instead of reporting to the Regina Pats.  The Crusaders are one of the top teams in the AJHL and maybe Gabes will have a bigger role there then what would have been expected of him in Regina.

Either way, Gabes is one of the good guys and I wish him all the best.

I’m getting ready to watch the Apple Cup game between the University of Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars.  Between the two teams, they have one victory on the season and that was WSU knocking off the Portland State Vikings – so no wins against Division 1 opponents.

Should either team be rewarded with a Cup for one victory?

I’m hoping it ends in a tie…

I’ll post game notes later from the Key Arena…

Portland @ Everett, Part 2…Game Notes…

No Tayler Jordan due to a one game suspension…here are the game notes:

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Everett – November 21, 2008

 

Previous Game – Portland 0 @ Chilliwack 2:  The Everett Silvertips got goals from seven different goal scorers, three on the power play, and they defeat the Portland Winter Hawks by a score of 7-1 in front of 4,609 at the Comcast Arena in Everett.  Kellan Tochkin had three assists and Shane Harper had one goal and two assists to lead Everett on the night.  Chris de la Lande, Tyler Maxwell, Drew McDermott, Kyle Beach, Markus McCrea and Jordan Mistelbacher also scored for Everett.  Portland’s lone goal came from Luke Walker, assisted by Radim Valchar and Travis Ehrhardt, in the opening minute of the third period.  Kurtis Mucha started in net for Portland, stopping 19 of 24 shots in 34 minutes, before being relieved by Keith Hamilton who handled 13 of 15 during his game action.  Kent Simpson stopped 31 of 32 shots for Everett as the Silvertips outshot Portland 39-32 in the game.  On special teams, Everett went a perfect 3 for 3 on the power play while Portland went 0 for 5.

Team Notes:  Portland is (7-17-0-0); (4-6-0-0) at home; (3-11-0-0) on the road.  The Hawks last home win was on November 15, 2008, a 4-3 win over Tri City.  The last road win was on November 7, 2008, a 2-1 win over Spokane. 

Portland vs. Everett:  This is the third of 10 meetings between the two teams, 5 games in each city.  Everett leads the season series 2-0-0-0.  Everett has outscored Portland 9-1 in the two games.  Everett is 4 for 8 (50.0%) on the power play while Portland is 0 for 9.  Kent Simpson has won both games for Everett.

 

Game Schedule:

 

9/26/08 – Portland 0 @ Everett 2                          1/11/09 in Portland

11/19/08 – Portland 1 @ Everett 7                                    1/31/09 in Portland

11/21/08 in Everett                                                   2/18/09 in Everett

11/28/08 in Everett                                                   3/3/09 in Portland

1/2/09 in Portland                                                    3/8/09 in Portland

 

All-Time vs. Everett:

 

Total:  56 GP – 14 (W) – 35 (L) – 4 (T) – 2 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)

 

At Home:  27 GP – 5-19-3-0-0 – On Road:  29 GP – 9-16-1-2-1

 

Portland All-Time:

 

Total:  2328 GP – 1134 (W) – 1031 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

 

At Home:  1162 GP – 714-377-61-71-3 – On Road:  1166 GP – 420-654-66-21-5

 

Regular Season Leaders:

 

Goals:  Radim Valchar/Luke Walker (7)

Assists:  Killian Hutt/Brad Ross (9)

Points:  Radim Valchar (15)

Penalty Minutes:  Ryan Kerr/Luke Walker (38)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (3.98)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (88.7%)

Power Play:  13 for 116 (11.2%) overall

Penalty Kill:  82 of 118 (69.5%) overall

 

Current Streaks:  No Current Streaks.

 

Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 64 man games to injury in 2008-09.   

Three Named to Team Pacific:  Keith Hamilton, Brad Ross and Troy Rutkowski were all named to represent Team Pacific at the World U17 Championships to be held in Port Alberni, BC, from December 29, 2008 – January 4, 2009.

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 9,189 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 570 minutes behind Lanny Ramage on the all-time list.  

Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:
Most Goals Scored:  7 (11/9/08 vs. Kamloops, 7-5 win)

Fewest Goals Scored:  0 (Six Times)
Most Goals Allowed:  7 (Three Times)

Fewest Goals Allowed:  1 (Four Times)
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 (Three Times)
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:  47 (10/25/08 @ Swift Current, a 6-2 loss)
Fewest Shots Allowed:  19 (11/18/08 @ Chilliwack, a 2-0 loss)
Last Shutout:  N/A
Last Time Shutout: 11/18/08 @ Chilliwack (2-0, Friesen 28 saves)

Penalty Shots: N/A

Overtime Game Winning Goals:  Rutkowski 10/22 vs. Saskatoon
Shootout Game Winning Goals:  N/A

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