Portland @ Chilliwack…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Chilliwack – November 18, 2008


Previous Game – Portland 2 @ Vancouver 5: The Vancouver Giants scored three third period goals to break open a close game and defeat the Portland Winter Hawks by a score of 5-2 in front of 9,018 at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on Sunday night.  The loss snapped the Hawks three game winning and dropped their record to 7-15-0-0.  Portland got on the scoreboard first, when Killian Hutt took a feed from Colin Reddin on an odd-man rush and beat Vancouver goaltender Jamie Tucker over the glove with a wrist shot with nine minutes remaining in the opening period.  Vancouver would score the next four goals – even strength goals from Brent Regner and Garry Nunn, a power play goal from Jonathan Blum, and a short-handed goal from James Henry.  Evander Kane would add an empty net goal to round out the scoring for Vancouver.  Portland’s second goal was scored by Radim Valchar, set up by Luke Walker and Brock Cornish, to cut the lead to 4-2 with five minutes remaining, but Portland could get no closer.  Keith Hamilton went the distance in net for Portland, stopping 33 of 37 shots in the loss while Tucker handled 18 of 20 for the victory for Vancouver.  On special teams, Portland went 0 for 3 on the power play while Vancouver went 1 for 3 with the man advantage.

 Team Notes:  Portland is (7-15-0-0); (4-6-0-0) at home; (3-9-0-0) 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. Chilliwack:  This is the first of four meetings between the two teams this season.  Last season, Chilliwack won the series 3-1-0-0 by outscoring Portland by a margin of 14-9 and outshooting Portland 181-86.  Portland’s lone win came when Kurtis Mucha made 65 saves in a 4-3 Portland win on 11/24/07.  Portland went 3 for 21 (14.3%) on the power play while Chilliwack went 3 for 26 (11.5%).  Portland’s only win in Chilliwack was on 10/22/06, a 6-4 win.


Game Schedule:


11/18/08 – Portland @ Chilliwack

2/24/09 – Chilliwack @ Portland

3/7/09 – Portland @ Chilliwack

3/15/09 – Chilliwack @ Portland


All-Time vs. Chilliwack:


Total:  9 GP – 4 (W) – 4 (L) – 0 (T) – 0 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)


At Home:  5 GP – 3-2-0-0-0 – On Road:  4 GP – 1-2-0-0-1


Portland All-Time:


Total:  2326 GP – 1134 (W) – 1029 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)


At Home:  1162 GP – 714-377-61-71-3 – On Road:  1164 GP – 420-652-66-21-5


Regular Season Leaders:


Goals:  Radim Valchar (7)

Assists:  Killian Hutt/Brad Ross (9)

Points:  Killian Hutt/Brad Ross/Radim Valchar (14)

Penalty Minutes:  Ryan Kerr/Luke Walker (38)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (3.92)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (89.1%)

Power Play:  13 for 107 (12.0%) overall

Penalty Kill:  77 of 110 (70.0%) overall


Current Streaks:  Colin Reddin (4-3-7 in last 5); Killian Hutt (2-1-3 in last 2); Radim Valchar (2-1-3 in last 2); Brock Cornish (0-2-2 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 60 man games to injury in 2008-09.   

Three Named to Team Pacific:  Keith Hamilton, Brad Ross and Troy Rutkowski were all named to represent Team Pacific at the World U17 Championships to be held in Port Alberni, BC, from December 29, 2008 – January 4, 2009.

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.  

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


1 Comment

  1. I webcasted this game (Ive got a pretty good setup for that now), so I had the Bruin broadcasters.

    They made it sound like they were worried about “The Winter Hawks’ aggressive offensive play” – AND they said good things about you, Andy.

    It was nice to think that people are taking us seriously again.

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