So Long 2008…Welcome 2009….

Nothing like a New Years Eve win over Seattle to head into 2009 on the right note…

A couple things from tonight…

The TV broadcast went well and a big thanks to all of our cameramen and crew for their hard work.  There wasn’t much time between the announcement of the broadcast and the game (7 days) and you don’t just throw together a TV broadcast.

I thought it was a good show and I enjoyed working again with Ian Furness – a true pro.  Things will be smoother for the next broadcast from the Rose Garden on January 16th against the Spokane Chiefs, but tonight was  a success in my eyes.

I don’t have an update on Brock Cornish…he had x-rays tonight and will be evaluated more tomorrow.  Once I hear something official, I’ll pass it along.

Don’t look now…but Stefan Schneider now has a four game point streak…

(So does Travis Bobbee…)

Chris Francis missed a chance to extend his point streak to six games when he missed an open net in the final minutes.

Lastly…it is normal at this time of the year to reflect back on the previous year, but I’m not going to do that very much this year.

On the hockey side, there are only positives to look forward to now and I want to wish the entire team, coaching staff, management and staff of the Winter Hawks the Happiest of New Years and I look forward to working with all of you as we all work toward the common goal of returning the team to elite status in the WHL.

On the family side, I am very blessed to have the family that I have both with my wife and daughter and the extended family with siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews and on down the line.  May we all have an outstanding 2009.

On the business side, I work for a stable company that I am honored to work for and look forward to a better 2009.

And to the readers of this blog…as fans of the Portland Winter Hawks, or of the WHL, or just hockey in general…I consider you part of my extended family as well.  Without you, there would be no sense in me writing.  Thanks for reading, keep responding and may 2009 be all that you want it to be.

Happy New Year!

Birds vs. Hawks…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Seattle @ Portland – December 31, 2008

 

Previous Game – Tri City 4 @ Portland 3:  The Tri City Americans would get four goals on the power play and they would hold on to defeat the Portland Winter Hawks 4-3 in front of 5,384 at the Rose Garden.  Taylor Procyshen got two goals and Jason Reese had one goal and two assists to lead the Americans attack.  Johnny Lazo would get the other goal for Tri City.  Portland got a short-handed goal from Chris Francis, a power play goal from Luke Walker and an even strength goal from Stefan Schneider.  Travis Ehrhardt had two assists for the Hawks.  Ian Curtis made his debut in net for Portland stopping 26 of 30 shots while Brett Martyniuk got his first career WHL win for Tri City handling 28 of 31 shots.  On special teams, Tri City finished 4 for 11 on the man advantage while Portland went 1 for 8.

Team Notes:  Portland is (9-25-1-0); (5-11-1-0) at home (0-3-0-0 in Rose Garden); (4-14-0-0) on the road.  The Hawks last home win was on December 2, 2008, a 4-1 win over Kootenay.  The last road win was on December 27, 2008, a 5-1 win over Seattle. 

 

Portland vs. Seattle:  This is the sixth of 12 meetings between the two teams.  Seattle leads the season series 4-1-0-0.  Portland is 2 for 18 (11.1%) on the power play while Seattle is 1 for 17 (5.9%).   Seattle has outshot Portland 166-143 in the series.  Prab Rai leads all scorers with 4-4-8 in 4 games.

 

Game Schedule:

10/11/08 – Seattle 4 @ Portland 0                        11/22/08 – Portland 2 @ Seattle 6

11/29/09 – Seattle 5 @ Portland 3                        12/6/08 – Seattle 3 @ Portland 1

12/27/08 – Portland 5 @ Seattle 1                        12/31/08 @ Portland

1/24/09 @ Seattle                                        2/14/09 @ Seattle

2/21/09 @ Portland                                      2/28/09 @ Seattle

3/13/09 @ Seattle                                        3/14/09 @ Portland

 

All-Time vs. Seattle:

Total:  406 GP – 213 (W) – 163 (L) – 23 (T) – 6 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)

 

At Home:  203 GP – 126-66-8-3-0 – On Road:  203 GP – 87-97-15-3-1

 

Portland All-Time:

Total:  2339 GP – 1136 (W) – 1039 (L) – 127 (T) – 29 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

 

At Home:  1169 GP – 715-382-61-8-3 – On Road:  1170 GP – 421-657-66-21-5

 

Portland All-Time on New Years Eve:  11-12-0-1-0

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals:  Luke Walker (11)

Assists:  Chris Francis (16)

Points:  Chris Francis (22)

Penalty Minutes:  Brett Ponich (63)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (3.70)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (89.5%)

Power Play:  20 for 163 (12.3%) overall

Penalty Kill:  122 of 166 (73.5%) overall

 

Current Streaks:  Chris Francis (1-8-9 in last 5); Travis Bobbee (0-3-3 in last 3); Stefan Schneider (1-2-3 in last 3); Luke Walker (2-1-3 in last 2).

 

Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 90 man games to injury in 2008-09.  Radim Valchar has been selected to the Czech Republic squad for the World U20 Championships in Ottawa, ON, from 12/26/08 – 1/5/09.  Keith Hamilton, Brad Ross and Troy Rutkowski are playing for Team Pacific at the World U17 Championships in Port Alberni, BC, from 12/29/08 – 1/4/09.  Ian Curtis (G) has been added to the active roster.

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 9,778 minutes played, and is now 1st all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, surpassing Lanny Ramage on the all-time list.  Mucha needs four more appearances to pass Ramage for most games played at 175 by a Winter Hawk goaltender.  Travis Ehrhardt needs five points to reach 100 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 (Seven Times)
Most Goals Allowed:  7 (Three Times)

Fewest Goals Allowed:  1 (Six Times)
Most Power Play Chances: 10 (10/18/08 @ Moose Jaw, 5-4 loss)

Most Power Play Chances Against:  11 (12/28/08 vs. Tri City, 4-3 loss)
Most Power Play Goals Scored: 2 (Six Times)
Most Power Play Goals Allowed: 4 (Twice)
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:  49 (Twice)
Fewest Shots Allowed:  19 (Twice)
Last Shutout:  N/A
Last Time Shutout: 11/28/08 @ Everett (Barrie, 22 Saves – 3-0 loss)

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

 

           

Team Pacific Now 2-0…

ross1Snagged this photo of Brad Ross going up against Team Germany from www.hockeycanada.ca .  Ross didn’t score on the play, but he did pick up an assist in the 5-1 win.

Ross now has 1-2-3 in 2 games as Team Pacific is 2-0 to start the World U17 Championships in Port Alberni, BC.

Troy Rutkowski went scoreless in the game and has one goal in two games.

Keith Hamilton has yet to see action, backing up Everett goaltender Kent Simpson in the first two games.

 

Radim Valchar and the Czech Republic team got their first win of the World U20 Championships yesterday, beating Germany 6-0.

Valchar didn’t hit the scoresheet, but was credited with 3 shots on goal.

I’ll post Hawks/Birds game notes later today…

Tuesday Update…

In tournament news…

Brad Ross had a goal and an assist and was named the Player of the Game for Team Pacific in their opening game, a 6-5 win over Team Russia.  Troy Rutkowski also scored a goal for Pacific in the victory.

Keith Hamilton was the back-up as Everett goaltender Kent Simpson got the victory.

Team Pacific had a rough go in their lone exhibition game, getting ran over by the USA squad 11-0.  Team USA has an advantage in this tournament as they send their U17 National Development Team to participate.  The team plays together year around which is a huge edge over teams put together over a few days.   Luke Moffatt (a player the Hawks considered drafting ahead of Brad Ross) is playing for the USA team.  Moffatt was selected #2 overall by the Kelowna Rockets but has committed to going to NCAA.

Pacific is back in action tonight at 7:00 PST taking on Team Germany.

In the U20 Championships, Radim Valchar and the Czech Republic are 0-2 after losing to the two favorites, the Canada and USA.  Valchar is pointless through two games.

The Czechs are back in action this afternoon at 12:30 PST against Germany.

The Winter Hawks are back in action tomorrow night for the annual New Years Eve contest against the Seattle Thunderbirds.  Seattle has lost two straight – 5-1 against Portland and 4-0 against Spokane – at the Key Arena and they will finish their Key Arena schedule tonight.

Preparations are rolling for the FSN TV broadcast and I’m looking forward to going back to the color chair for the game.  Working with Ian Furness is always a blast, so we should hopefully make the game entertaining as well as bringing a quality production to FSN.

I thought Ian Curtis did pretty well in his Winter Hawks debut on Sunday night.  He made some big saves to keep the Hawks in the game. 

We’ll see how many starts Curtis will get prior to the return of Keith Hamilton.

Prior to Sunday night, it had taken the Hawks opponents 10 games to get four power play goals (going 4 for 37 – 10.8% – in that stretch).  The Americans went 4 for 11 in the game.

The 11 power plays against were over double the Hawks average for games this season, where they average 4.74 power plays against each game. 

That’s it for now…

Tri City @ Portland…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Tri City @ Portland – December 28, 2008

 

Previous Game – Portland 5 @ Seattle 1:  The Portland Winter Hawks scored three third period goals to break open a close game and they skate away with a 5-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Key Arena in Seattle.  Sawyer Mick scored the first two goals of his WHL career early in the third period and Luke Walker scored the final goal for Portland to clinch the victory.  Seattle got on the scoreboard first when Jonathan Parker scored in the opening minute of the first period, but that would it be it for Seattle.

Portland tied the score halfway through the first period when Jonathan Milhouse rammed home a centering pass from Taylor Peters.  Colin Reddin would get the game winner following his own shot and pounding home the rebound in the second period.

Kurtis Mucha stopped 27 shots to get the victory for Portland while Jacob DeSerres stopped 23 of 28 in the loss for Seattle.  On special teams, both teams went scoreless with Portland going 0 for 5 and Seattle going 0 for 3 on the power play.

 

Team Notes:  Portland is (9-24-1-0); (5-10-1-0) at home (0-2-0-0 in Rose Garden); (4-14-0-0) on the road.  The Hawks last home win was on December 2, 2008, a 4-1 win over Kootenay.  The last road win was on December 27, 2008, a 5-1 win over Seattle. 

Portland vs. Tri City:  This is the third of nine meetings between the two teams, with Portland leading the season series 2-0-0-0.  Portland is 2 for 8 (25.0%) on the power play in the series while Tri City is 2 for 10 (20%).  Tri City has out-shot Portland 59-54 in the series.

 

Game Schedule:

10/31/08 – Portland 4 @ Tri City 1                        11/15/08 – Tri City 3 @ Portland 4

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:  196 GP – 90 (W) – 88 (L) – 9 (T) – 7 (OTL) – 2 (SOL)

 

At Home:  97 GP – 56-33-4-3-1 – On Road:  99 GP – 34-55-5-4-1

 

Portland All-Time:

Total:  2338 GP – 1136 (W) – 1038 (L) – 127 (T) – 29 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

 

At Home:  1168 GP – 715-381-61-8-3 – On Road:  1170 GP – 421-657-66-21-5

 

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals:  Radim Valchar/Luke Walker (10)

Assists:  Chris Francis (15)

Points:  Radim Valchar (21)

Penalty Minutes:  Brett Ponich (59)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (3.70)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (89.5%)

Power Play:  19 for 155 (12.3%) overall

Penalty Kill:  115 of 155 (74.2%) overall

 

Current Streaks:  Chris Francis (0-7-7 in last 4); Jonathan Milhouse (1-2-3 in last 3); Travis Bobbee (0-2-2 in last 2); Stefan Schneider (0-2-2 in last 2).

 

Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 88 man games to injury in 2008-09.  Radim Valchar has been selected to the Czech Republic squad for the World U20 Championships in Ottawa, ON, from 12/26/08 – 1/5/09.  Keith Hamilton, Brad Ross and Troy Rutkowski are playing for Team Pacific at the World U17 Championships in Port Alberni, BC, from 12/29/08 – 1/4/09.  Ian Curtis (G) has been added to the active roster.

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 9,778 minutes played, and is now 1st all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, surpassing Lanny Ramage on the all-time list.  Mucha needs four more appearances to pass Ramage for most games played at 175 by a Winter Hawk goaltender.

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

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

Fewest Goals Allowed:  1 (Six 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 (Six 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:  49 (Twice)
Fewest Shots Allowed:  19 (Twice)
Last Shutout:  N/A
Last Time Shutout: 11/28/08 @ Everett (Barrie, 22 Saves – 3-0 loss)

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

Throwin’ Away The Key…

A nice way for the Portland Winter Hawks to finish their playing days at the Key Arena in Seattle, hammering home a 5-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds…a few thoughts…

Chris Francis picked up two assists and now has three straight games with two assists and has a total of seven assists in his last four games.  I can’t remember the last time a Portland player had multiple assists in three straight games and it will do some research to find out when that happened last…if I have time, I’ll see if I can find the information.

Francis should have had a goal to go with the helpers, but was robbed on a glorious save by Jacob DeSerres late in the second period.

Sawyer Mick was all smiles after his first two goals in the WHL and when I asked him how it felt after the game he was almost speechless.

Only 142 more to catch older brother Troy…

Kurtis Mucha surpassed Lanny Ramage for minutes played by a goaltender in Winter Hawks history at 9,778.  Mucha needs four more appearances to take over the first spot for games played by a goaltender at 176.

Oliver Gabriel had his first multiple point night picking up assists on both of Mick’s goals.  Ollie wasn’t given credit for the second assist during the game, but video review was obvious that he deserved the point.

I didn’t see the incident involving Greg Scott and Tayler Jordan that led to Scott receiving the Match Penalty for stepping on the back of the leg of Jordan.  From talking to a few people, it was obvious and it should warrant a few game suspension.  Scott will sit tonight against the Spokane Chiefs, so he will miss at least one game as his suspension is TBD.

That’s it for now…I’ll post game notes for the game against Tri City later today…

Portland @ Seattle…Game Notes…

Time to get back at it…

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Seattle – December 27, 2008

 

Previous Game – Medicine Hat 5 @ Portland 3:  The Portland Winter Hawks outshot the Medicine Hat Tigers, but the Tigers escape with the victory, defeating the Winter Hawks by a score of 5-3.  Portland got 34 shots on net while holding Medicine Hat to just 19.  Colton Grant scored twice for the Tigers, including the game winner with nine minutes remaining in the third period.  Brennan Bosch, Mark Isherwood and Jace Coyle added single goals for Medicine Hat.  Portland got power play goals from Travis Ehrhardt and Radim Valchar and an even strength goal for Brett Ponich, his first career WHL goal.  Chris Francis added two assists.  On special teams, the Hawks went 2 for 4 on the power play while Medicine Hat finished 0 for 1. 

Team Notes:  Portland is (8-24-1-0); (5-10-1-0) at home (0-2-0-0 in Rose Garden); (3-14-0-0) on the road.  The Hawks last home win was on December 2, 2008, a 4-1 win over Kootenay.  The last road win was on November 7, 2008, a 2-1 win over Spokane. 

Portland vs. Seattle:  This is the fifth of 12 meetings between the two teams.  Seattle leads the season series 4-0-0-0.  Portland is 2 for 13 (15.4%) on the power play while Seattle is 1 for 14 (7.1%).   Seattle has outshot Portland 137-115 in the series.  Prab Rai leads all scorers with 4-3-7 in 3 games).

 

Game Schedule:

10/11/08 – Seattle 4 @ Portland 0                        11/22/08 – Portland 2 @ Seattle 6

11/29/09 – Seattle 5 @ Portland 3                        12/6/08 – Seattle 3 @ Portland 1

12/27/08 @ Seattle                                      12/31/08 @ Portland

1/24/09 @ Seattle                                        2/14/09 @ Seattle

2/21/09 @ Portland                                      2/28/09 @ Seattle

3/13/09 @ Seattle                                        3/14/09 @ Portland

 

All-Time vs. Seattle:

Total:  405 GP – 212 (W) – 163 (L) – 23 (T) – 6 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)

 

At Home:  203 GP – 126-66-8-3-0 – On Road:  202 GP – 86-97-15-3-1

 

Portland All-Time:

Total:  2337 GP – 1135 (W) – 1038 (L) – 127 (T) – 29 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

 

At Home:  1168 GP – 715-381-61-8-3 – On Road:  1169 GP – 420-657-66-21-5

 

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals:  Radim Valchar (10)

Assists:  Chris Francis (13)

Points:  Radim Valchar (21)

Penalty Minutes:  Brett Ponich (54)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (3.81)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (89.2%)

Power Play:  19 for 150 (12.7%) overall

Penalty Kill:  112 of 152 (73.7%) overall

 

Current Streaks:  Chris Francis (0-5-5 in last 3); Travis Ehrhardt (1-1-2 in last 2); Jonathan Milhouse (0-2-2 in last 2).

 

Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 86 man games to injury in 2008-09.  Radim Valchar has been selected to the Czech Republic squad for the World U20 Championships in Ottawa, ON, from 12/26/08 – 1/5/09.  Keith Hamilton, Brad Ross and Troy Rutkowski are playing for Team Pacific at the World U17 Championships in Port Alberni, BC, from 12/29/08 – 1/4/09.  Ian Curtis (G) has been added to the active roster.

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 9,718 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 42 minutes behind Lanny Ramage on the all-time list.  Brett Ponich needs one game played to reach 100 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 (Seven Times)
Most Goals Allowed:  7 (Three Times)

Fewest Goals Allowed:  1 (Five 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 (Six 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:  49 (Twice)
Fewest Shots Allowed:  19 (Twice)
Last Shutout:  N/A
Last Time Shutout: 11/28/08 @ Everett (Barrie, 22 Saves – 3-0 loss)

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

 

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