For forty five minutes last night, the Portland Winter Hawks and Seattle Thunderbirds were about as even as two teams could be. The final fifteen minutes of the second period was the difference as Seattle took advantage of some power play time to take a 2-1 lead and hold on for a 3-1 win.
Greg Scott, who is becoming this years Bud Holloway vs. Portland, scored twice to break the Hawks two game winning streak vs. Seattle. His first goal was a beauty of a blast from the right circle through a screen and the second was a lucky break as his rebound bounced off a Hawk skate and in.
Portland’s lone goal was a lucky break as well and a dump-in found its way to the front of the net and Max Brandl got his first goal as a Hawk on the backhand.
I thought both goaltenders – Kurtis Mucha and Calvin Pickard – were solid in this one and I felt that Mucha deserved third star recognition over Devon LeBlanc.
Goaltending Coach Steve Switzer was in town this week working with the Hawks goaltenders and made the trip to Seattle with the team. The two – Switzer and Mucha – spent much of the trip home reviewing video of the game.
As far as our technical difficulties went, it was a phone line issue somewhere between OR and Kent and we found a work-around just as the game started. We apologize for the incovenience and we now know how to solve it if it happens again.
It was nice to see a lot of Hawks fans at the game last night and it is definitely nice to take approximately 30 minutes off the trip north.
Thanks to the boosters for putting together a bus trip, hopefully they can continue to put more of those together as it always great to see a large group of fans sitting together in enemy barns.
While the press box view isn’t the best from basically the goal line at the ShoWare Center, it wasn’t as bad as I had envisioned it in my mind.
The new building is still going through growing pains as the security folks are a bit jumpy about people in their building prior to it opening. Even though I had a media pass around my neck, I was asked at least four times by different ushers/security about what I was doing. Everett was the same way for the first year or two…
The only other issue I had was when after the game, a can light fixture fell out of the ceiling and hung by the wire above my head in the radio booth.
Typical new building issues…I look forward to going back.
Thats it for now…next update from Enterprise…