Portland @ Seattle…Game Notes…

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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




  1. Hawks win! Hawks win!

    I had the webcast going, as well as the webcast of the Avs / Wings game – and both of my teams came out on top – good times…

  2. Well whats gives I had to work last night so I couldnt listen to the game on the internet (and since 1550 has such a wek signal i cant listen in my car)and so I get up today and theres nothing on the website to indidcate the score ARE WE UNDER THE OLD OWNERSHIP AGAIN

  3. Hey Chuck:

    Thats funny. You would think they would celebrate the road win with some sort of story or anything from anybody. Maybe the Hawks were not expecting a win and had nobody reporting the game?

    Seem like we have a story within the hour if the Hawks play a close game game, but can get a story when they WIN! C’mon guys you are better than that!

    Hey Chuck: the hawks played good last night, Travis Bobbee and Joe Morrow both had +3 night, while Sawyer Mick registered his first 2 goals as a Winterhawk. It was one of the most complete games the Hawks have played. The only downer was the Hawks went 0 – 5 on the Powerplay.

  4. I wasn’t able to post the game recap on the Winter Hawks website last night after the game due to technical difficulties.

    It wasn’t for lack of effort or desire…

  5. Andy:

    I will take a win with anytime, I was at the Key so it did not effect me as much as others

  6. so how about the new guy that has been writing the stuff on the home page

  7. The problem wasn’t on my end…it was on the website end…meaning no one could post an article.

    I understand your frustration Chuck, but sometimes there isn’t anything that can be done…

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