Saturday Update…

The final game of the seven game in nine night stretch goes tonight at the Key Arena in Seattle.  This will most likely be the final game ever in Key Arena for the Hawks and I’m glad that John Kirby will be joining me and providing color for tonights game.

Kirby and I will be sharing some of our favorite Seattle stories and maybe throwing out some highlights from Portland/Seattle hockey history as well.

Pre-game starts at 6:40.

Even though the shots showed 41-21 against last night, the Hawks played a better game than they did on Wednesday night against the ‘Tips.  Better…but not close to where they needed to be with energy and spark.  Its obvious that the schedule has everyone worn down and the body may not be responding to the brain as it should.

It will be interesting to see what happens next Friday after the Hawks have had five days rest (although, it does come a day after Thanksgiving – hopefully the “turkey effect” won’t play a factor).

The power play is now 0 for the road trip, having not capitalized in 18 opportunities in the four games during this stretch.  It just appears that there is no motion and the Hawks are making it easy to defend by standing still.

This will be something that I will ask Assistant Coach Travis Green about on the Coach’s show tonight.

It was good to get a note from Shelly Andersen (see the comments section on the Scott Gabriel post below) on her son Ryan, who is now playing for the North Battleford Stars of the SJHL.

Speaking of Scott Gabriel, it appears that Scott has decided to play for the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL instead of reporting to the Regina Pats.  The Crusaders are one of the top teams in the AJHL and maybe Gabes will have a bigger role there then what would have been expected of him in Regina.

Either way, Gabes is one of the good guys and I wish him all the best.

I’m getting ready to watch the Apple Cup game between the University of Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars.  Between the two teams, they have one victory on the season and that was WSU knocking off the Portland State Vikings – so no wins against Division 1 opponents.

Should either team be rewarded with a Cup for one victory?

I’m hoping it ends in a tie…

I’ll post game notes later from the Key Arena…


  1. I am glad this will be the last game at the Key arena for the Hawks. The Key arena might be the worst arena in the WHL. I have always enjoyed the Seattle Center Arena over the Key arena. Its a basketball arena and NOT a hockey arena.

    Lets hope the Hawks play a lot better. I will see you at the KEY tonight.

    Brian in Sherwood in Seattle

  2. Hi Andy, not sure if you noticed, but there were no +- given on the shortie by Joel Ridgeway on Friday night. That game sheet should be corrected.

  3. Donna,
    I sent an e-mail to the league this afternoon about the plus/minus. It probably won’t get corrected until Monday.


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