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

 

           

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