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…

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