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Hawks Notes: Everett @ Portland – January 11, 2009


Previous Game – Portland 3 @ Tri City 6:  The Tri City Americans got two goals from Johnny Lazo and doubled up the Portland Winter Hawks by a score of 6-3 in front of 4,957 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA, on Saturday night.  The Americans got single goals from Petr Stoklasa, Jason Reese, Brett Plouffe and Taylor Procyshen in the win.  Two of the goals, from Lazo and Plouffe, were scored on the power play.  Portland got even strength goals from Radim Valchar and Oliver Gabriel and a power play goal from Troy Rutkowski.  In net, Portland goaltender Ian Curtis stopped 47 of 53 shots in the loss while Brett Martyniuk started and stopped 7 of 10 shots in two periods before giving way to Drew Owsley, who handled all nine shots he faced as the Americans out-shot the Winter Hawks 53-19.  On special teams, Portland went 1 for 6 on the power play while Tri City finished 2 for 9.

Team Notes:  Portland is (12-27-1-1); (7-11-1-0) at home (1-3-0-0 in Rose Garden); (5-16-0-1) 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. Everett:  This is the 6th of 10 meetings between the two teams, 5 games in each city.  Everett leads the season series 4-1-0-0.  Everett has outscored Portland 17-7 in the five games.  Everett is 5 for 20 (25.0%) on the power play while Portland is 2 for 21 (9.5%). Everett has outshot Portland 175-141 in the series. 


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 – Everett 0 @ Portland 4                                 3/8/09 in Portland


All-Time vs. Everett:


Total:  59 GP – 15 (W) – 37 (L) – 4 (T) – 2 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)


At Home:  28 GP – 6-19-3-0-0 – On Road:  31 GP – 9-18-1-2-1



Portland All-Time:


Total:  2345 GP – 1139 (W) – 1041 (L) – 127 (T) – 29 (OTL) – 9 (SOL)


At Home:  1171 GP – 717-382-61-8-3 – On Road:  1174 GP – 422-659-66-21-6


Regular Season Leaders:

Goals:  Luke Walker (15)

Assists:  Chris Francis (22)

Points:  Chris Francis (29)

Penalty Minutes:  Tayler Jordan (78)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (3.67)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (89.6%)

Power Play:  25 for 192 (13.0%) overall   

Penalty Kill:  143 of 196 (73.0%) overall


Current Streaks:  Chris Francis (0-5-5 in last 3); Luke Walker (3-1-4 in last 3); Radim Valchar (2-0-2 in last 2).


Injuries & Roster Updates:  Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Brock Cornish, D, Shoulder (Indefinite); Brad Ross, F, Finger (Week-to-Week).  The Hawks have lost 105 man games to injury in 2008-09.  The Hawks acquired the rights to German import 20 year old Max Brandl form the Prince Albert Raiders yesterday.  Brandl will report once his immigration status is handled.  The Hawks also reassigned 19 year old Nick Dietrich to the Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL.  19 year old Jonathan Milhouse has been removed from the active roster.

Milestones:  Kurtis 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:  53 (1/10/08 @ Tri City, 6-3 loss)
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. At least the Hawks picked up one point, so it was not a complete loss, ( no pun intended ). Congrats to Chris Francis, who once again played a great hockey game. It has been one rollar coaster week for that young gentleman. I cannot even imagine the emotions he is dealing with at this time. Mucha played fantastic especially in the first stanza, really keeping the Hawks in the game.

    I know the Hawks have played 4 games in 5 nights, but so did the Everett Slivertips. It too was there 4th game in 5 nights. However, with a lot less travel than the Hawks. The Tips played in Tri- cItes last night, and home games on Friday and Wednesday.

    The Hawks are playing so much better, the 8th seed is NOT completely out of the question.

    Take care

  2. Where did Tyler Swystun ever end up this year, same question for Phil Gervais

  3. Where was Rutkowski on Sunday night? He played the night before and scored.

    Nice to see Francis battle his father’s death and play through it. Even better, scored the nicest goal of the night.

    Just read about Brandl and Bo Montgomery. Montgomery just quietly disappeared. What happened to him and why did he leave the Hawks. I thought he was going to be on the back line for us for 4+ years.


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