Some Quick Road Thoughts…

A nice drive up the Gorge last night (minus some black ice around Hood River) after the 4-0 win over the Everett Silvertips.  The team is in Kennewick as it was decided to break up the drive into two sections on the way to Spokane, and we’ll load up the bus in a couple hours and head north to take on the Chiefs.

If you haven’t looked, the Hawks are now six points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with three games in hand on the Prince George Cougars.  I’m no math wizard, but win the games in hand and the Hawks would be tied for the final spot.  The players can feel the momentum growing…can you?

Kurtis Mucha continues his assault on the Winter Hawks record book – making his 5,000th save last night in his 174th appearance, two appearances shy of setting the all-time record for games played by a goaltender.  He also needs one win to reach 50 where he will join six other goaltenders with 50 or more wins in their career as Hawks.

His shutout was the 6th of his career, tying him for 2nd all time with Dustin Butler and Jason LaBarbera, two behind Lanny Ramage’s all-time record of 8.

Lastly, the 38 save shutout was tied for third most saves in a shutout by a Hawks goaltender.  Jason LaBarbera stopped 41 shots on 2/26/99 and 39 shots on 10/13/98.  Byron Dafoe stopped 38 shots on 11/19/88.

The Hawks had a penalty shot for the second consecutive game, with Riley Boychuk ringing it off the post behind Shayne Barrie late in the second period.

There have been two other times the Hawks have had penalty shots in consecutive games:

2/22/99 – Todd Robinson @ Medicine Hat (in OT) – Successful

2/23/99 – Todd Robinson @ Lethbridge – Successful

and

10/1/04 – Brandon Dubinsky @ Everett – Successful

10/2/04 – Brandon Dubinsky vs. Seattle – Unsuccessful

They say penalties even out and in the last two games the Hawks had to kill off a five minute major penalty (giving up two goals to Seattle) and then had a five minute major power play (scoring twice).

I guess they’re right…

After giving up 11 power plays to Tri City on 12/28, the Hawks disciple has returned – going short-handed eight times over the last two games.

That’s it for now…more from Spokane later today…

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4 Comments

  1. Hawks Win! Hawks Win!

    I told my friend that we hadn’t lost a game this year with Nick Dietrich in the lineup – and I was right.

    Andy – with these last couple of wins, can you dig up some youtube highlights when you get a chance?

    Thanks!

  2. And how about having Scooter back in the fold, if only for one night? That was pretty sweet. With the win, its almost like things are starting to feel…oh, I don’t know…like they ought to be.

  3. No mentions of Rush in nearly a month.

    No Rush quotes since the ghost trip in October.

    Hmmmm…..

    Does Winter Hawk success lead to less introspection?

  4. yes please… zip it with the rush if the hawks are winning ;)

    well, actually just never do it again ;)


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