Hawks Notes: Kootenay @ Portland – December 2, 2008
Previous Game – Seattle 5 @ Portland 3: The Seattle Thunderbirds get goals from five different scorers, and they hold off a late rally by the Portland Winter Hawks, winning in front of 5,020 at the Rose Garden on Saturday afternoon. Jeremy Schappert, Devon LeBlanc, Brenden Silvester, David Richard and Greg Scott scored for Seattle, with Scott’s goal being an empty –net goal to seal the victory. Portland got on the scoreboard first when Ryan Kerr scored his first goal of the season and as a Winter Hawk, pounding home a slap-shot halfway through the first period. Seattle scored two second period goals to take a 2-1 lead after two periods. Killian Hutt would tie the score early in the third period, bouncing in a bad angle shot off of Seattle goaltender Calvin Pickard and in to tie it at 2-2. Seattle would get the next two goals to make it 4-2, but Portland would make it interesting when Luke Walker set up Troy Rutkowski for a short-handed goal with just over a minute remaining in regulation, narrowing the gap to 4-3. Scott’s empty-net goal would round out the scoring. Pickard stopped 28 of 31 shots to get his third victory of the season against Portland for Seattle, while Kurtis Mucha would handle 32 of 36 shots in the loss for Portland. Both teams would go scoreless on the power play with Portland going 0 for 3 and Seattle going 0 for 2.
Team Notes: Portland is (7-21-0-0); (4-7-0-0) at home (0-1-0-0 in Rose Garden); (3-14-0-0) 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. Kootenay: This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season. Kootenay has won the last seven meetings between the two teams, including a 5-0 win over Portland last year, with Thomas Heemskerk stopping 21 shots for the shutout victory for the Ice. The Hawks last victory against Kootenay came on 12/12/03, a 3-2 win in Portland.
12/2/08 – Kootenay @ Portland
All-Time vs. Kootenay:
Total: 21 GP – 7 (W) – 11 (L) – 2 (T) – 1 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)
At Home: 12 GP – 4-6-2-0-0 – On Road: 9 GP – 3-5-0-1-0
Total: 2332 GP – 1134 (W) – 1035 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)
At Home: 1163 GP – 714-378-61-71-3 – On Road: 1169 GP – 420-657-66-21-5
Regular Season Leaders:
Goals: Radim Valchar (8)
Assists: Killian Hutt/Brad Ross (10)
Points: Killian Hutt (17)
Penalty Minutes: Ryan Kerr (43)
GAA: Kurtis Mucha (3.97)
Save Percentage: Kurtis Mucha (88.7%)
Power Play: 15 for 133 (11.3%) overall – 6 for 56 (10.7%) at home
Penalty Kill: 96 of 134 (71.6%) overall – 43 for 56 (76.8%) at home
Current Streaks: None.
Injuries & Roster Updates: Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite); Ryan Kerr, D, Shoulder (Day to Day). The Hawks have lost 73 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 9,417 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 342 minutes behind Lanny Ramage on the all-time list. Luke Walker needs two games 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 (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: 11/28/08 @ Everett (Barrie, 22 Saves – 3-0 loss)
Penalty Shots: N/A
Overtime Game Winning Goals: Rutkowski 10/22 vs. Saskatoon
Shootout Game Winning Goals: N/A
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