Prince George vs. Portland…Game Notes…

First off…Brad Ross, Troy Rutkowski and Keith Hamilton have been selected to represent Team Pacific at the World U17 Championships at the end of December.  Congrats to all three.

Also…Luke Walker’s short-handed goal was the #1 play of the week for the WHL…you can watch it at

Hawks Notes: Prince George @ Portland – November 14, 2008


Previous Game – Kamloops 5 @ Portland 7:  The Portland Winter Hawks, down three goals after two periods, struck five times in the final period to secure an improbable come from behind 7-5 victory over the Kamloops Blazers on Sunday.  Killian Hutt scored two goals 24 seconds apart halfway through the third period to get the comeback started before Colin Reddin tied the score on a backhand that deflected off a Kamloops defenseman and past goaltender Justin Leclerc two minutes later to tie the score of 5-5.  Matt Schmermund would get the game-winner with just under four minutes left, taking a feed from Oliver Gabriel on a two-on-one, chipping the puck over Leclerc for his first goal of the season.  Brock Cornish got the scoring started for Portland in the first period, taking a feed from Radim Valchar and beating Leclerc over the glove for a 1-0 before Kamloops would score four times, two by Kenton Dulle, to take a 4-1 lead.  Luke Walker would score a highlight reel short-handed goal halfway through the second period to cut the lead to 4-2 before Alex Rodgers would give the Blazers their three goal lead back late in the middle frame.   Walker would add an empty-netter to end with a three point night, two goals and one assist.  Kurtis Mucha would go the distance in net for Portland, picking up his second straight win, stopping 41 of 46 shots in the victory.  Leclerc would stop 22 of 28 in the loss for Kamloops.  On special teams, the Hawks would go 0 for 2 on the power play, while Kamloops would finish 1 for 4 with a short-handed goal against.

Team Notes:  Portland is (5-14-0-0); (2-6-0-0) at home; (3-8-0-0) on the road.  The Hawks last home win was on November 9, 2008, a 7-5 win over Kamloops.  The last road win was on November 7, 2008, a 2-1 win over Spokane. 

Portland vs. Prince George:  This is the first of four meetings between the two teams.  Last season, the two teams split the season series 2-2-0-0, with the Hawks winning one game in a shootout.  Portland outshot Prince George 145-137 in the four games, but the Cougars outscored Portland 12-9.  Portland went 3 for 31(9.7%) on the power play while the Cougars went 4 for 22 (18.2%)


Game Schedule:

11-14-08 – PG @ Portland             12-12-08 – PG @ Portland

2-9-09 – Portland @ PG                 2-10-09 – Portland @ PG


All-Time vs. Prince George:

Total:  86 GP – 39 (W) – 42 (L) – 5 (T) – 0 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)


At Home:  42 GP – 25-15-2-0-0 – On Road:  44 GP – 14-27-3-0-0


Portland All-Time:

Total:  2323 GP – 1132 (W) – 1028 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)


At Home:  1160 GP – 712-377-61-71-3 – On Road:  1163 GP – 420-651-66-21-5

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals:  Luke Walker (6)

Assists:  Killian Hutt (8)

Points:  Brad Ross (12)

Penalty Minutes:  Ryan Kerr/Luke Walker (36)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (4.24)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (88.7%)

Power Play:  10 for 92 (10.9%) overall – 3 for 40 (7.5%) at home

Penalty Kill:  65 of 94 (69.1%) overall – 31 of 41 (75.6%) at home


Current Streaks:  Chris Francis (0-4-4 in last 3); Colin Reddin (2-1-3 in last 2); Brad Ross (0-3-3 in last 2); Radim Valchar (1-2-3 in last 2); Kurtis Mucha (3-1, 3.01, 91.8% in last 4).


Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 54 man games to injury in 2008-09.   This week, the Hawks added 17 year old Sawyer Mick and 19 year old Jonathan Milhouse to the active roster while removing 20 year olds Scott Gabriel and Matt Schmermund and 18 year old Ryan Andersen.

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 8,976 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 784 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 (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:  24 (11/8/08 vs. Red Deer, a 6-2 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. Hey Andy.
    Just a thought about the broadcasts. Mark Ertle’s voice is always so much louder than yours, and he’s always distorted. It doesn’t sound like it’s channel distortion, but more like he’s blowing out his mic (i.e. it’s too close to his mouth). You might want to talk to your broadcast engineer about this, and have Mark pull his mic a good couple inches away from his mouth. And just so’s ya know, I’m a sound engineer, so I’m not just some guy talking out his arse. If you would like some assistance with the sound of the broadcast, I’d be happy to come in and help (unless of course I’m working).
    Cheers Andy. GO HAWKS!!!

  2. Nice win for the Hawks last night….. All I know is we have scored 3 empty net goals in Coach Johnston era while we scored only one in Coach Kromm era….

    WOW !!!!

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