Portland @ Spokane…Game Notes…

No Jared Cowen or Levko Koper tonight for Spoke as they are away at the Top Prospects Game…

Portland should have everyone ready to roll…no news on Max Brandl…Brad Ross may return tonight after the broken finger…more on the pre-game about that…

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Spokane – January 14, 2009


Previous Game – Everett 5 @ Portland 4 SO:  The Portland Winter Hawks rally for a two goal deficit in the third period to force overtime, but the Everett Silvertips get the only goal of the shoot-out to defeat the Winter Hawks by a score of 5-4 on Sunday night.  Tyler Maxwell scored on the sixth shot of the shoot-out to provide the winning margin for Everett.  Portland fell behind 4-2 early in the third period before goals by Riley Boychuk and Chris Francis forced the overtime. Travis Bobbee scored on the power play in the opening minute of the game to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead but Everett would tie it on a power play goal of their own when Kellan Tochkin wrapped the puck in from behind the net.  Radim Valchar’s power play rebound goal halfway through the second period would give the Hawks a 2-1 lead but Everett would score three straight goals by Dan Iwanski, Zack Dailey and Maxwell to take a two-goal advantage.  Maxwell’s goal was a power play goal.  Neither team would score in the overtime session, setting up the shoot-out.  Kurtis Mucha stopped the first two shot attempts by Everett before giving up the winner by Maxwell while Kent Simpson stopped Killian Hutt, Luke Walker and Francis for Portland.  Both Valchar and Tochkin had three point nights with one goal and two assists.  Mucha handled 39 of 43 shots in regulation for Portland while Simpson made 31 saves on 35 shots for Everett.  On special teams, Portland went 3 for 7 while Everett was 2 for 7 on the power play.

Team Notes:  Portland is (12-27-1-2); (7-11-1-1) 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. Spokane:  This is the sixth of nine meetings between the two teams, Spokane leads the season series 3-2-0-0.   Portland is 3 for 23 (13.0%) on the power play while Spokane is 7 for 22 (31.8%).   Spokane has outshot Portland 177-148 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 – Portland 2 @ Spokane 1                  1/14/09 @ Spokane

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

2/27/09 @ Spokane


All-Time vs. Spokane:


Total:  227 GP – 92 (W) – 118 (L) – 12 (T) – 3 (OTL) – 2 (SOL)


At Home:  112 GP – 51-50-9-0-2 – On Road:  115 GP – 41-68-3-3-0



Portland All-Time:


Total:  2346 GP – 1139 (W) – 1041 (L) – 127 (T) – 29 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)


At Home:  1172 GP – 717-382-61-8-4 – On Road:  1174 GP – 422-659-66-21-6


Regular Season Leaders:

Goals:  Luke Walker (15)

Assists:  Chris Francis (23)

Points:  Chris Francis (31)

Penalty Minutes:  Tayler Jordan (85)

GAA:  Kurtis Mucha (3.67)

Save Percentage:  Kurtis Mucha (89.6%)

Power Play:  28 for 199 (14.1%) overall   

Penalty Kill:  148 of 203 (72.9%) overall


Current Streaks:  Chris Francis (1-6-7 in last 4); Luke Walker (3-2-5 in last 4); Radim Valchar (3-2-5 in last 3); Brett Ponich (0-2-2 in last 2); Joel Ridgeway (0-2-2 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 108 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 on 1/10/09.  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: 3 (1/11/09 vs. Everett, 5-4 SO loss)
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



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