Portland @ Spokane…Game Notes…

dsc00851The view from my ground floor hotel room in Spokane…just a bit of snow, eh?

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Spokane – January 3, 2009

 

Previous Game – Everett 0 @ Portland 4:  Kurtis Mucha stopped 38 shots and Taylor Peters scored two goals to lead the Portland Winter Hawks to a 4-0 victory over the Everett Silvertips at the Memorial Coliseum.  The shutout was the sixth of the WHL career of Mucha.  After a scoreless first period, Portland got a five minute major power play and got two goals, one from Taylor Peters and the other from Chris Francis.  Peters would add an even-strength goal later in the period for a 3-0 lead after two periods.  Luke Walker scored a goal early in the third period to provide the final margin.  Brett Ponich chipped in two assists for the Hawks.  Shayne Barrie went the distance in net for Everett, stopping 34 of 38 shots in the loss.  On special teams, Portland went 2 for 2 on the power play while Everett went 0 for 3.

Team Notes:  Portland is (11-25-1-0); (7-11-1-0) at home (1-3-0-0 in Rose Garden); (4-14-0-0) on the road.  The Hawks last home win was on January 2, 2009, a 4-0 win over Everett.  The last road win was on December 27, 2008, a 5-1 win over Seattle. 

Portland vs. Spokane:  This is the fifth of nine meetings between the two teams, Spokane leads the season series 3-1-0-0.   Portland is 3 for 21 (14.3%) on the power play while Spokane is 7 for 21 (33.3%).   Spokane has outshot Portland 142-123 in the series.

 

Game Schedule:

9/20/08 – Spokane 3 @ Portland 0                10/10/08 – Spokane 6 @ Portland 2 

10/15/08 – Portland 2 @ Spokane 5              11/7/08 – Portland 2 @ Spokane 1

1/3/09 @ Spokane                                          1/14/09 @ Spokane

1/16/09 @ Portland                                         2/13/09 @ Portland

2/27/09 @ Spokane

 

All-Time vs. Spokane:

 

Total:  226 GP – 91 (W) – 118 (L) – 12 (T) – 3 (OTL) – 2 (SOL)

 

At Home:  112 GP – 51-50-9-0-2 – On Road:  114 GP – 40-68-3-3-0

 

Portland All-Time:

 

Total:  2341 GP – 1138 (W) – 1039 (L) – 127 (T) – 29 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)

 

At Home:  1171 GP – 717-382-61-8-3 – On Road:  1170 GP – 421-657-66-21-5

 

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals:  Luke Walker (12)

Assists:  Chris Francis (17)

Points:  Chris Francis (24)

Penalty Minutes:  Brett Ponich (63)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (3.51)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (90.0%)

Power Play:  23 for 171 (13.5%) overall   

Penalty Kill:  128 of 174 (73.6%) overall

 

Current Streaks:  Travis Bobbee (0-5-5 in last 5); Brett Ponich (0-3-3 in last 2); Killian Hutt (1-2-3 in last 2); Riley Boychuk (1-1-2 in last 2); Kurtis Mucha (3-0-0-0, 1.00, .970, 1 shutout in last 3 starts).

 

Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Brock Cornish, D, Shoulder (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 94 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 recorded his 5,000th save in his WHL career on Friday night, he currently sits at 5,027.  Mucha also needs two more appearances to pass Ramage for most games played at 175 by a Winter Hawk goaltender.  Mucha needs one win to reach 50 in his WHL career. Travis Ehrhardt needs four 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:  0 (1/2/09 vs. Everett, 4-0 win)
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 (Seven 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:  1/2/09 vs. Everett (Mucha, 38 Saves – 4-0 win)
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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1 Comment

  1. Hey Andy,

    Where do you guys cross the border on a trip from Spokane to Kelowna? I find it oddly amusing, the Hawks’ bus driving through the area I used to live in, out in the middle of nowhere.


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