Portland vs. Vancouver…Game Notes…

The third in three nights and I’m back ready to go…although the voice is a bit wonky…

Lots of game time decisions on the line-up tonight…

Here are the notes…

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Vancouver – November 16, 2008


Previous Game – Tri City 3 @ Portland 4: The Portland Winter Hawks got two goals from Killian Hutt, including the game winner on the power play halfway through the third period, and they extend their winning streak to three games, knocking off the Tri City Americans by a score of 4-3 in front of 3,510 at the Memorial Coliseum.  The win improves the Hawks record since the ownership and coaching change to 5-2 in seven games.  Chris Francis continued his scoring pace with a power play goal in the first, giving him eight points in his last five games.   It was the lone goal of the opening period.  Taylor Procyshen evened the score early in the second period on a power play goal, but Portland regained the lead when Hutt’s centering pass deflected off a Tri City defender and in late in the period.  The lead wouldn’t hold as Lane Werbowski knocked home a rebound in the final minute to send the teams to the locker room tied 2-2 at the end of the second period.  Radim Valchar would give the Hawks the lead back one minute into the third period, taking a feed from goaltender Kurtis Mucha and scoring short-handed.  Once again, Tri City would rebound quickly, getting a power play marker from Kruise Reddick just nineteen seconds later.  The game winner would come with just over five minutes remaining when Colin Reddin found Hutt alone in front of Tri City goaltender Chet Pickard, and patiently waited for his shot, beating Pickard over the glove with a short wrister.  Mucha stopped 24 of 27 shots in the win for Portland while Pickard handled 26 of 30 in the loss.  On special teams, Portland went 2 for 6 on the power play while Tri City went 2 for 7 with a short-handed goal against.

 Team Notes:  Portland is (7-14-0-0); (4-6-0-0) at home; (3-8-0-0) 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. Vancouver:  This is the second of four meetings between the two teams, Vancouver leads the series 2-0-0-0.  In the series, Vancouver is 3 for 7 (42.9%) on the man advantage, while Portland is 0 for 10.  The last Hawk win in Vancouver was on March 4, 2005, a 4-2 victory.


Game Schedule:


9/2708 – Vancouver 5 @ Portland 0

10/4/08 – Portland 1 @ Vancouver 7

11/16/08 @ Vancouver

2/7/09 @ Portland


All-Time vs. Vancouver:


Total:  38 GP – 14 (W) – 21 (L) – 2 (T) – 1 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)


At Home:  20 GP – 9-10-1-0-0 – On Road:  18 GP – 5-11-1-1-0


Portland All-Time:


Total:  2325 GP – 1134 (W) – 1028 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)


At Home:  1162 GP – 714-377-61-71-3 – On Road:  1163 GP – 420-651-66-21-5


Regular Season Leaders:


Goals:  Radim Valchar/Luke Walker (6)

Assists:  Brad Ross (9)

Points:  Brad Ross (14)

Penalty Minutes:  Ryan Kerr/Luke Walker (38)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (3.92)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (89.1%)

Power Play:  13 for 105 (12.4%) overall

Penalty Kill:  75 of 107 (70.1%) overall


Current Streaks:  Chris Francis (3-5-8 in last 5); Colin Reddin (3-3-6 in last 4); Brad Ross (0-5-5 in last 4); Jonathan Milhouse (0-3-3 in last 2); Kurtis Mucha (5-1, 2.51, 92.5% in last 6).


Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 58 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 9,096 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 664 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 (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:  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

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