Red Deer vs. Portland…Game Notes…

One note for tonight…First overall bantam draft pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be in the line-up tonight for the Red Deer Rebels.

Another solid road win last night for Portland…now its time to bring that play back to home ice.

Hawks Notes: Red Deer @ Portland – November 8, 2008


Previous Game – Portland 2 @ Spokane 1:  Kurtis Mucha stopped 39 shots and the Portland Winter Hawks got their second consecutive road win, knocking off the Spokane Chiefs by a score of 2-1 at the Spokane Arena on Friday night.  The win snapped an 11 game losing streak for Portland in Spokane, having not won against the Chiefs on the road since 11/23/05.  The consecutive road wins was the first time Portland had won back-to-back road games since February 22-25, 2006, when the Hawks won three straight road games.  The teams were scoreless through one period with the Hawks breaking through halfway through the second period when Riley Boychuk fed Tayler Jordan on a two-on-one break for Jordan’s first goal of the season.  Just 18 seconds later, Portland would get the game winner on a controversial play as Chris Francis’ shot was deflected over the glass and into the mesh by Spokane goaltender Dustin Tokarski for what should have been a stoppage of play.  Neither referee Steve Papp or Colby Smith blew their whistle, and Brock Cornish would beat Tokarski with a wrister to give the Hawks a two-goal lead.  Steven Kuhn would get a power play goal for Spokane in the third, but that would be it for the Chiefs as Mucha would stop 39 of 40 shots for the victory.  Tokarski would stop 24 of 26 in the loss for Spokane.  Portland went 0 for 3 on the power play while Spokane finished 1 for 4 on the man advantage.

Team Notes:  Portland is (4-13-0-0); (1-5-0-0) at home; (3-8-0-0) 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 November 7, 2008, a 2-1 win over Spokane. 

Portland vs. Red Deer:  This is the first and only meeting between the two teams.  Last season, the Rebels won the lone meeting in Red Deer by a margin of 4-1, outshooting the Hawks 52-29.  The last Hawk win in Portland vs. Red Deer was on 1/5/07, a 2-1 win.  The last win for Red Deer in Portland was on 3/9/03, also a 2-1 win.


Game Schedule:


11-8-08 – Red Deer @ Portland


All-Time vs. Red Deer:

Total:  24 GP – 11 (W) – 11 (L) – 2 (T) – 0 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)


At Home:  11 GP – 6-4-1-0-0 – On Road:  13 GP – 5-7-1-0-0


Portland All-Time:


Total:  2321 GP – 1131 (W) – 1027 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)


At Home:  1158 GP – 711-376-61-71-3 – On Road:  1163 GP – 420-651-66-21-5


Regular Season Leaders:


Goals:  Brad Ross (5)

Assists:  Killian Hutt (8)

Points:  Killian Hutt/Brad Ross (9)

Penalty Minutes:  Ryan Kerr (36)

GAA:  Keith Hamilton (4.01)

Save Percentage:  Keith Hamilton (89.3%)

Power Play:  9 for 86 (10.3%) overall – 2 for 34 (5.9%) at home

Penalty Kill:  59 of 84 (70.2%) overall – 25 of 31 (80.6%) at home


Current Streaks:  Brock Cornish (1-1-2 in last 2); Tayler Jordan (1-1-2 in last 2).


Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 50 man games to injury in 2008-09.   

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 8,916 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 844 minutes behind Lanny Ramage on the all-time list.  Matt Schmermund played in his 150th WHL game on Friday night vs. Spokane.


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 (Three 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 (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



1 Comment

  1. I was as frustrated as much as the next guy last night, but I really liked it when Joel Ridgeway dropped down to block a shot. Its the last minute of a 4 goal game, and we have guys blocking shots – that’s worth the cost of admission for me.

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