Everett @ Portland…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Everett @ Portland – January 2, 2009

 

Previous Game – Seattle 2 @ Portland 4:  The Portland Winter Hawks score the first four goals of the game and held on to defeat the Seattle Thunderbirds by a margin of 4-2 in front of 8,432 at the Rose Garden on Wednesday night.  Riley Boychuk, Oliver Gabriel, Stefan Schneider and Killian Hutt scored for the Hawks, with Gabriel’s goal coming off a penalty shot in the second period.  Seattle got two goals late in the game on the power play, one from Lindsay Nielsen and the other from Prab Rai, but that would be all the offense for the Thunderbirds.  Kurtis Mucha handled 31 of 33 shots to get the victory for Portland while Jacob DeSerres handled 25 of 29 shots in the loss.  On special teams, Portland went 1 for 6 while Seattle went 2 for 5 on the power play.

Team Notes:  Portland is (10-25-1-0); (6-11-1-0) at home (1-3-0-0 in Rose Garden); (4-14-0-0) on the road.  The Hawks last home win was on December 31, 2008, a 4-2 win over Seattle.  The last road win was on December 27, 2008, a 5-1 win over Seattle. 

Portland vs. Everett:  This is the fifth of 10 meetings between the two teams, 5 games in each city.  Everett leads the season series 4-0-0-0.  Everett has outscored Portland 17-3 in the four games.  Everett is 5 for 17 (29.4%) on the power play while Portland is 0 for 19. Everett has outshot Portland 137-103 in the series.  Portland’s last win vs. Everett in Portland was on 2/15/06, a 2-1 win.  Everett has won the last 13 games vs. Portland.

 

Game Schedule:

 

9/26/08 – Portland 0 @ Everett 2                               1/11/09 in Portland

11/19/08 – Portland 1 @ Everett 7                             1/31/09 in Portland

11/21/08 – Portland 2 @ Everett 5                             2/18/09 in Everett

11/28/08 – Portland 0 @ Everett 3                             3/3/09 in Portland

1/2/09 in Portland                                                        3/8/09 in Portland

 

All-Time vs. Everett:

 

Total:  58 GP – 14 (W) – 37 (L) – 4 (T) – 2 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)

 

At Home:  27 GP – 5-19-3-0-0 – On Road:  31 GP – 9-18-1-2-1

 

Portland All-Time:

 

Total:  2340 GP – 1137 (W) – 1039 (L) – 127 (T) – 29 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

 

At Home:  1170 GP – 716-382-61-8-3 – On Road:  1170 GP – 421-657-66-21-5

 

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals:  Luke Walker (11)

Assists:  Chris Francis (16)

Points:  Chris Francis (22)

Penalty Minutes:  Brett Ponich (63)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (3.64)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (89.6%)

Power Play:  21 for 169 (12.4%) overall   

Penalty Kill:  125 of 171 (73.1%) overall

 

Current Streaks:  Travis Bobbee (0-4-4 in last 4); Stefan Schneider (2-2-4 in last 4); Kurtis Mucha (2-0-0-0, 1.50, .951 in last 2 starts).

 

Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite); Brock Cornish, D, Shoulder (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 92 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.  Tyler Wotherspoon (D) has been added to the active roster.  Wotherspoon was the 2nd Round (#23 overall) selection in the 2008 Bantam Draft.  He is playing for the Valley West Hawks in the BCMML, scoring 4-9-13 in 22 games.

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha needs 11 saves to reach 5,000 saves in his WHL career.  Mucha also needs three 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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