Tigers vs. Hawks…Sugarplum Game Notes…

Ah yes, the final game before the holiday break…traditionally known as the Sugarplum game…I don’t think that will be the case tonight.

Hawks Notes: Medicine Hat @ Portland – December 13, 2008


Previous Game – Prince George 4 @ Portland 3 (OT):  The Prince George Cougars rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period and then got the overtime winner from Marcus Watson to defeat the Portland Winter Hawks by a 4-3 margin at the Memorial Coliseum on Friday night.  The Cougars tied the game with just three seconds remaining in the third period when Brett Connolly tipped in a loose puck in front of the Winter Hawks goal.  Portland took an early 2-0 lead in the first period when Radim Valchar put home a power play wrist shot from the slot and Luke Walker banged home a rebound in the opening fifteen minutes of the first period.  The Cougars would get a goal back with just three seconds remaining the first period when it was ruled that Brian Matte’s shot went over Kurtis Mucha and in to make it 2-1 at the end of the opening period.  Killian Hutt gave the Hawks their two goal lead back with a two-man advantage power play goal off a feed from Walker.   Chris Francis would have two assists on the night for Portland.  The Cougars got a power play goal from Matte with just over eight minutes remaining in the final period to cut the lead to one.  On special teams, Portland would go 2 for 3 on the power play while Prince George would finish 1 for 8.  Mucha stopped 45 of 49 shots in the loss for Portland while Kevin Armstrong handled 24 of 27 in the victory.


Team Notes:  Portland is (8-23-1-0); (5-9-1-0) 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. Medicine Hat:  This is the first and only meeting between the two teams.  Last year, Kurtis Mucha made 41 saves to lead the Winter Hawks to a 4-3 win in Medicine Hat.  The Tigers outshot Portland 44-22 with Portland scoring all four goals in the opening period.  Both teams went 1 for 3 (33.3%) on the power play.  The last win for Portland on home ice vs. Medicine Hat was on 11/24/04, a 3-1 win.


Game Schedule:


12/13/08 – Medicine Hat @ Portland


All-Time vs. Medicine Hat:


Total:  66 GP – 39 (W) – 25 (L) – 1 (T) – 1 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)


At Home:  32 GP – 27-5-0-0-0 – On Road:  34 GP – 12-20-1-1-0


Portland All-Time:


Total:  2336 GP – 1135 (W) – 1037 (L) – 127 (T) – 29 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)


At Home:  1167 GP – 715-380-61-8-3 – On Road:  1169 GP – 420-657-66-21-5

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals:  Radim Valchar/Luke Walker (9)

Assists:  Chris Francis/Radim Valchar (11)

Points:  Radim Valchar (20)

Penalty Minutes:  Brett Ponich (54)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (3.80)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (89.5%)

Power Play:  17 for 146 (11.6%) overall – 8 for 69 (11.6%) at home

Penalty Kill:  111 of 151 (73.5%) overall – 58 for 73 (79.5%) at home


Current Streaks:  Chris Francis (0-3-3 in last 2); Radim Valchar (1-2-3 in last 2); 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 84 man games to injury in 2008-09.  Radim Valchar has been selected to try out for the Czech Republic World Jr. Team in Brampton, Ontario, starting on December 15, 2008.

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 9,658 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 102 minutes behind Lanny Ramage on the all-time list.  Brett Ponich 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 (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 (Five 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 (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)

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




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