Edmonton vs. Portland…Game Notes…

Finally…back on home ice…can’t wait.

Hawks Notes: Edmonton @ Portland – November 5, 2008


Previous Game – Portland 4 @ Tri City 1:  Kurtis Mucha made 31 saves and the Portland Winter Hawks got three third period goals to defeat the Tri City Americans 4-1 in the debut of Mike Johnston behind the bench for Portland.  Riley Boychuk took a feed from Brett Ponich and buried a wrister halfway through the third period to break a 1-1 tie and Portland didn’t look back, scoring twice more to round out the period.  Portland got credit for a controversial goal with just under four minutes remaining when Brad Ross deflected in a Colin Reddin centering pass that appeared to deflect off of Ross’ glove and in, but it was determined by Referee Pat Smith to be a legal goal to give the Hawks the insurance marker.  Radim Valchar would round out the scoring into the empty net.Chris Francis got Portland on the scoreboard first, scoring on a breakaway in the opening minute of the second period.  Tri City would tie the score when Jason Reese finished off a partial breakaway of his own later in the second to send the game to the third period even at one goal apiece.  Mucha picks up his first win of the season, stopping 31 of 32 shots in net for the Hawks while Chet Pickard stopped 20 of 23 in the loss. Both teams went scoreless on the power play, Portland going 0 for 2 while Tri City went 0 for 3.

Team Notes:  Portland is (3-12-0-0); (1-4-0-0) at home; (2-8-0-0) 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 31, 2008, a 4-1 win over Tri City. 

Portland vs. Edmonton:  This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.  Last year, Edmonton shut-out the Winter Hawks by a score of 3-0 in Edmonton.  Edmonton out-shot the Hawks 28-18.


Game Schedule:


11-5-08 – Edmonton @ Portland


All-Time vs. Edmonton:

Total:  1 GP – 0 (W) – 1 (L) – 0 (T) – 0 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)


At Home:  0 GP – 0-0-0-0-0 – On Road:  1 GP – 0-1-0-0-0


Portland All-Time:


Total:  2319 GP – 1130 (W) – 1026 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)


At Home:  1157 GP – 711-375-61-71-3 – On Road:  1162 GP – 419-651-66-21-5


Regular Season Leaders:


Goals:  Brad Ross (5)

Assists:  Killian Hutt (8)

Points:  Killian Hutt (9)

Penalty Minutes:  Ryan Kerr (36)

GAA:  Keith Hamilton (4.01)

Save Percentage:  Keith Hamilton (89.3%)

Power Play:  9 for 80 (11.3%) overall – 2 for 31 (6.5%) at home

Penalty Kill:  53 of 76 (69.7%) overall – 22 of 27 (81.5%) at home


Current Streaks:  Killian Hutt (0-7-7 in last 4); Radim Valchar (3-1-4 in last 4).


Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 46 man games to injury in 2008-09.   

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 8,797 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 963 minutes behind Lanny Ramage on the all-time list.  Mucha has also faced the 5,000th shot of his WHL career against Tri City and is now at 5,009 for his career.  Travis Ehrhardt needs one more game played to reach 200 in his WHL career.  Matt Schmermund needs one more game played to reach 150 in his WHL career.


Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:

Most Goals Scored:  4 (Three Times)

Fewest Goals Scored:  0 (Five Times)
Most Goals Allowed:  7 (Twice)

Fewest Goals Allowed:  1 (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:  47 (10/25/08 @ Swift Current, a 6-2 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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