Watt Reassigned…Hawks/Tips Game Notes

David Watt has been reassigned to the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL.  He will play for former Winter Hawk defenseman Brian Curran, who is the Head Coach of the Bandits.

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Everett – November 28, 2008


Previous Game – Portland 2 @ Seattle 6:  Prab Rai scored two goals and assisted on three others to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 6-2 win.  The loss was the fifth in a row for Portland on the road, and they finish their seven game in nine night stretch with a record of 2-5-0-0. Jim O’Brien contributed two goals and one assist while Jonathan Parker and Thomas Hickey each had three assists for Seattle.  Seattle also got goals from Brenden Silvester and Greg Scott. Portland’s two goals both were power play markers, one by Brad Ross in the first period and the second by Radim Valchar in the final minute of play.  Keith Hamilton started in net for Portland and stopped seven shots on 10 shots in 12:14 of game action before giving way to Kurtis Mucha who stopped 22 of 25 shots the rest of the way.  Calvin Pickard stopped 27 of 29 shots in the win for Seattle.  On special teams, Portland went 2 for 4 on the power play while Seattle finished 1 for 5.

Team Notes:  Portland is (7-19-0-0); (4-6-0-0) at home; (3-13-0-0) 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. Everett:  This is the fourth of 10 meetings between the two teams, 5 games in each city.  Everett leads the season series 3-0-0-0.  Everett has outscored Portland 14-3 in the three games.  Everett is 5 for 15 (33.3%) on the power play while Portland is 0 for 16. 


Game Schedule:


9/26/08 – Portland 0 @ Everett 2                          1/11/09 in Portland

11/19/08 – Portland 1 @ Everett 7                        1/31/09 in Portland

11/21/08 – Portland 2 @ Everett 5                        2/18/09 in Everett

11/28/08 in Everett                                                   3/3/09 in Portland

1/2/09 in Portland                                                    3/8/09 in Portland


All-Time vs. Everett:

Total:  57 GP – 14 (W) – 36 (L) – 4 (T) – 2 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)


At Home:  27 GP – 5-19-3-0-0 – On Road:  30 GP – 9-17-1-2-1


Portland All-Time:

Total:  2330 GP – 1134 (W) – 1033 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)


At Home:  1162 GP – 714-377-61-71-3 – On Road:  1168 GP – 420-656-66-21-5


Regular Season Leaders:

Goals:  Radim Valchar (8)

Assists:  Killian Hutt (10)

Points:  Killian Hutt/Radim Valchar (16)

Penalty Minutes:  Luke Walker (42)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (4.03)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (88.6%)

Power Play:  15 for 127 (11.8%) overall

Penalty Kill:  92 of 130 (70.8%) overall


Current Streaks:  Killian Hutt (1-1-2 in last 2).


Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite); Oliver Gabriel, F, Knee (Day to Day).  The Hawks have lost 69 man games to injury in 2008-09.   Tayler Jordan is serving the first of a two game suspension.

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 9,297 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 462 minutes behind Lanny Ramage on the all-time list.  Radim Valchar needs two games played and Luke Walker needs four games played to reach 100 in their WHL careers.

Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:
Most Goals Scored:  7 (11/9/08 vs. Kamloops, 7-5 win)

Fewest Goals Scored:  0 (Six Times)
Most Goals Allowed:  7 (Three Times)

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 (Four 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:  19 (11/18/08 @ Chilliwack, a 2-0 loss)
Last Shutout:  N/A
Last Time Shutout: 11/18/08 @ Chilliwack (2-0, Friesen 28 saves)

Penalty Shots: N/A

Overtime Game Winning Goals:  Rutkowski 10/22 vs. Saskatoon
Shootout Game Winning Goals:  N/A



  1. Watt was just Plumber of the Month!

    From the penthouse to the dog house…

    Godspeed, dude!

  2. My sources tell me that David Watt was not a very good practice player. Maybe this demotion, will give him a wake up call. Remember, the AL Cy Young winner, Cliff Lee was demoted last year. This just tells me the new management is serious and in charge and will take less than 100% effort.

    Hope to see David Watt back soon in a Winterhawk sweater, but very unlikely, maybe next year.

  3. Its tough to get ice time for 8 (or 10) defenceman. Hopefully things go well for him on his new team.

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