I’m Sick…And Game Notes…

I have come down with a stomach virus or food poisoning and have been very sick all day…meaning I won’t be working tonight.  I may be there, but I won’t be broadcasting.

The ever-trusty John Kirby is working on setting up a joint radio feed with Craig West, the Tri City play-by-play voice, calling the action with Mark Ertle providing color.

Thanks to all of those folks for there efforts today as I try and get better for the road game tomorrow in Vancouver…

Here are the game notes for tonight…

Hawks Notes: Tri City @ Portland – November 15, 2008


Previous Game – Prince George 1 @ Portland 4:  Chris Francis scored two second period goals to lead the Portland Winter Hawks to a 4-1 win over the Prince George Cougars on Friday night to give a Hawks a two game winning streak.  Francis got the eventual game-winner early in the second period on a power play goal and then added an insurance goal, scoring short-handed off a feed from Luke Walker later in the period to stake the Hawks to a two-goal lead at the end of two periods.  Colin Reddin would add an empty-net goal, off an unselfish feed from Francis, to give the Hawks their three goal cushion.  The Hawks scored first when Travis Bobbee fired a point shot through a screen just under three minutes into the opening period, set up by Jonathan Milhouse and Sawyer Mick, both playing their first game as a Winter Hawk and for both it was their first WHL point.  Milhouse would add another helper on Francis’ power play goal for a two point night.  Prince George got their lone goal on a two-man advantage in the first period when Dallas Jackson’s shot from between the circles found its way through a screen and in.  Dana Tyrell and Cameron Cepek had assists on the goal for the Cougars.  Kurtis Mucha made 26 saves on 27 shots to pick up his fourth win in his last five starts for Portland.  Kevin Armstrong stopped 34 of 37 in the loss as Portland outshot the Cougars 38-27.  On special teams, Portland went 1 for 7 on the power play while killing 5 of 6 power plays against and scoring a short-handed goal.

Team Notes:  Portland is (6-14-0-0); (3-6-0-0) at home; (3-8-0-0) on the road.  The Hawks last home win was on November 14, 2008, a 4-1 win over Prince George.  The last road win was on November 7, 2008, a 2-1 win over Spokane. 

Portland vs. Tri City:  This is the second of nine meetings between the two teams, with Portland leading the season series 1-0-0-0 after a 4-1 win over the Americans on 10/31.   Portland is 0 for 2 on the power play in the series while Tri City is 0 for 3.  Tri City out-shot Portland 32-23 in their lone game so far.


Game Schedule:

10/31/08 – Portland 4 @ Tri City 1                                    11/15/08 – Tri City @ Portland

12/28/08 – Tri City @ Portland                               1/10/09 – Portland @ Tri City

1/28/09 – Portland @ Tri City                                 1/30/09 – Tri City @ Portland

2/6/09 – Tri City @ Portland                                   2/22/09 – Tri City @ Portland

3/1/09 – Portland @ Tri City


All-Time vs. Tri City:

Total:  195 GP – 89 (W) – 88 (L) – 9 (T) – 7 (OTL) – 2 (SOL)

At Home:  96 GP – 55-33-4-3-1 – On Road:  99 GP – 34-55-5-4-1


Portland All-Time:

Total:  2324 GP – 1133 (W) – 1028 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

At Home:  1161 GP – 713-377-61-71-3 – On Road:  1163 GP – 420-651-66-21-5


Regular Season Leaders:

Goals:  Luke Walker (6)

Assists:  Killian Hutt (8)

Points:  Brad Ross (13)

Penalty Minutes:  Ryan Kerr/Luke Walker (38)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (3.99)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (89.1%)

Power Play:  11 for 99 (11.1%) overall – 4 for 47 (8.5%) at home

Penalty Kill:  70 of 100 (70.0%) overall – 36 of 47 (76.6%) at home


Current Streaks:  Chris Francis (2-5-7 in last 4); Colin Reddin (3-1-4 in last 3); Brad Ross (0-4-4 in last 3); Luke Walker (2-2-4 in last 2); Kurtis Mucha (4-1, 2.41, 93.1% in last 5).


Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 56 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 9,036 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 724 minutes behind Lanny Ramage on the all-time list.  Chris Francis needs one more point to reach 50 in his WHL career.


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 (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 (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. hang in there andy!! hope you get better soon.
    go hawks!!

    steve aka owl

  2. I know how you feel Andy, that is why I had to go home last night. It takes a few days normally. Hope you feel better soon.

  3. Hey Andy, get well soon please, Im just a fan, GO HAWKS !!!!!!

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