Portland @ Kelowna…Game Notes…


Hawks Notes: Portland @ Kelowna – January 9, 2009


Previous Game – Portland 6 @ Kamloops 8:  The Kamloops Blazers and Portland Winter Hawks combine for 14 goals in a wild game at the Interior Savings Center in Kamloops, with the Blazers coming out on top by a margin of 8-6 on Wednesday night.  Kamloops got goals from eight different goal scorers – Giffen Nyren, Jimmy Bubnick, Tyler Shattock, Shayne Wiebe, Brenden Ranford, Alex Rodgers, Zak Stebner and Brady Calla – in the victory.  Portland got two goals from Luke Walker and single markers from Travis Ehrhardt, Colin Reddin, Stefan Schneider and Sawyer Mick.  Chris Francis chipped in three assists for the Hawks.  Kurtis Mucha went the distance in net for Portland, stopping 28 of 36 shots while Jon Groenheyde stopped 18 of 24 in the win for Kamloops.  On special teams, Kamloops went 2 for 3 on the power play while Portland finished 1 for 5.  The loss snapped a three game winning streak for Portland.

Team Notes:  Portland is (12-26-1-0); (7-11-1-0) at home (1-3-0-0 in Rose Garden); (5-15-0-0) 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 January 3, 2009, a 2-1 win over Spokane. 

Portland vs. Kelowna:  This is the second of four meetings between the two teams with Portland leading the season series 1-0-0-0.  Colin Reddin had both goals in the Hawks 2-1 win on 9/21/08.  Kelowna outshot Portland 34-17.  On special teams, Portland is 1 for 9 (11.1%) while Kelowna is 1 for 6 (16.7%).


Game Schedule:


9/21/08 Kelowna 1 @ Portland 2

1/9/09 @ Kelowna

2/16/09 @ Portland

3/11/09 @ Kelowna


All-Time vs. Kelowna:


Total:  73 GP – 26 (W) – 43 (L) – 3 (T) – 1 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)


At Home:  37 GP – 18-17-2-0-0 – On Road:  36 GP – 8-26-1-1-0


Portland All-Time:


Total:  2343 GP – 1139 (W) – 1040 (L) – 127 (T) – 29 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)


At Home:  1171 GP – 717-382-61-8-3 – On Road:  1172 GP – 422-658-66-21-5


Regular Season Leaders:

Goals:  Luke Walker (14)

Assists:  Chris Francis (20)

Points:  Chris Francis (27)

Penalty Minutes:  Tayler Jordan (67)

GAA:  Ian Curtis (3.62)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (89.6%)

Power Play:  24 for 178 (13.5%) overall   

Penalty Kill:  130 of 178 (73.0%) overall


Current Streaks:  Killian Hutt (1-6-7 in last 4); Travis Ehrhardt (1-2-3 in last 3); Sawyer Mick (2-1-3 in last 2); Stefan Schneider (2-0-2 in last 2).


Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Brock Cornish, D, Shoulder (Indefinite).  The Hawks have lost 99 man games to injury in 2008-09. 

Milestones:  Kurtis Mucha’s next appearance will be the 176th of his WHL career and he will pass Lanny Ramage for most games played by a Winter Hawk goaltender.  Mucha needs one win to reach 50 in his WHL career. Travis Ehrhardt needs two 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:  8 (1/7/09 @ Kamloops, 8-6 loss)

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



1 Comment

  1. Special teams were the Hawks downfall against the Rockets this evening. On the positive side, its good to see a young team pick up a point on the road, but really could of pick up 2. I am glad to see Colin Reddin score a late goal in the 3rd to give the Hawks at least one point anstead of getting NOTHING! No power play goals on 8 chances is going to a win a little more difficult especially when giving up 3 when Kelowna had the man advantage and sometimes 2-man advantage. Silver lining —-> picking up a point on the road while being a -3 on special teams. This team has turned the corner.

    Happy travels and I will see all the Hawks fans in Tri Cities tonight.

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