Monday Thoughts…

Well, the offensive woes of the Portland Winter Hawks continued on Saturday night, but outshooting Tri City and Everett by a combined 53-45 in the two games at least gives one optimism that the team will break out of it soon…you can’t expect opposing goaltenders to continue their 96.2% (175 saves on 182 shots) save percentage against Portland, like they have the past seven games…or can you?

This team is streaky…and I’m looking for the team to get a positive streak going soon and, regardless of the score, outshooting your opponents is a positive.  The Hawks have only outshot an opponent 10 times in 49 games.  The puck will start going in…hopefully sooner than later.

With the consecutive shutouts against, the Hawks scoreless streak is now at 158:09, with Killian Hutt’s goal at 1:51 of the second period on Wednesday night being the last goal the Hawks scored.

The longest scoreless streak in Winter Hawk history is 229:13.

Everett has now shutout Portland three times this season and has used a different goaltender in each game — Kent Simpson on 9/26, Shayne Barrie on 11/27 and Thomas Heemskerk on 1/31.

The power play that had gone 6 for 26 (23.1%) in four games is now 0 for 22 in the last five games for Portland.

Saturday night may not be alright for Portland…in home games on Saturday night for the Winter Hawks, they are 1-9-0-0…they are 6-6-1-1 combined on all other days on home ice.

Next up, the Lethbridge Hurricanes who will have all hands on deck after suspensions and they also get D-man Luca Sbisa back in the line-up after spending all of the season so far with the Philadelphia Flyers.  Sbisa is due to arrive for the game on Wednesday night at the MC.

Advertisements

14 Comments

  1. Hey Andy:

    Do you have any comment on the $4 price hike for walk up customers?? I thought the more walk ups customers the better, but I am not taking my family anymore. I think the extra $16 will go a longer farther at a Lumberjax game.

    I have always supported the Hawks, I did not like the NHL to Portland because of the long history of the Hawks. Today, I feel like i wish the NHL were here instead.

    a sad day for all Winterhawks fans. I would figure you should charging 50% less. The more butts in the seats the better, but I guess the Hawks enjoy the 2500 on Friday and Saturday nights. I know I don’t.

    Who cares if you only received a few bucks for those seats. Some money for a seat is a whole lot better than NO money for 8000 seats .

    Just a thought.

  2. Brian,
    I don’t have any comments on the ticket price change. I will defer to the Winter Hawks management on this item.

    AK

  3. If you take a look at the ticket prices the Winterhawks are actually at par with ticket prices in the rest of the league and below those in Calgary and Edmonton, even with exchange. Best single seat in other cities for WHL games

    Calgary- $35
    Edmonton- $38
    Vancouver- $18.50
    Kamloops- $25
    Brandon- $15
    Saskatoon- $14.72
    PORTLAND- $21.25

  4. hey Dub fan look at those numbers again and tell me that we put the same product on the ice as those other teams ( I think not we are not even close to them yet) and with this team struggling like they are it is not a good time to raise prices but maybe the new owner is alrady changing his tune and wants to make some money ( I say good luck I was very excited with the ownership change, the media coverage even pick up a little for a month or so but now we are right back where we were in september) I know that me and my 2 kids and my friend wont be going to any more games this year so lets do the math 4$more per ticket(40% hike) over the 4 tickets is $16 a game not selling those tickets is a loss of $30 (reduction of almost 45%) that means they could loose even more money and they will have even less fans at every game. The thing that really pisses me off is they didnt even put up anything say there had been a price change so we had are cash out ready to pay and the gal says that will be $46 please and we were like wow!!!!! Hey Andy maybe you should pass this on to the powers that be!!! I will be sending Mr Piper and email shortly.

    Its getting to hard to be a Hawks fan anymore maybe its time to just let it go

  5. YOU CANT EVEN SAY THAT IN YOUR OPINION IT WAS IN BAD TASTE TO ADD THE $4 SURCHARGE DURING A 11 GAME LOSING STREAK, DURING A BAD BAD SEASON..

  6. You’re assuming that it is my opinion…Bonghit…

    Plus, I can’t really offer an opinion as I am not a member of the ticket buying public. Those are the opinions that should count. And, since prior to being the radio guy, I was a season ticket holder and this wouldn’t have effected me…so, again…it is hard to have a strong opinion on something that doesn’t directly effect me.

  7. take that Bonghit1 :

    In my opinion this is a bad idea. I think Andy would agree, that this not a good PR for the Hawks, especially after the fantastic PR for going to Enterprise, and making the entire community feel special.

    I am sure season ticket prices will go up after the year, for 2009-10 season. I know that will effect Andy, but it will effect the bottomline.

  8. Hey Dub Fan:

    I did a little research myself tonight :

    Here are the rest of the ticket prices throughout the WHL : All about the same section, ( No nose bleeds nor on the glass seats).

    Brandon $15 Chilliwack $18
    Everett $14 Kelowna $21
    Kootanay $17.50 Lethbridge $19
    Med. Hat $18.50 Moose Jaw $15
    P.Albert $16 P.George $17
    Red Deer $15.50 Regina $17
    Seattle $22 Calgary $25
    Edmonton $18

    Portland is between $19.25 to $21.25. All these were single game ticket prices. Bought the day of the game ,

    Thank you

  9. IT’S NICE TO KNOW IT “WOULD HAVE” COST ME MORE TO SEE THIS HORRIBLE TEAM. MY ENTERTAINMENT DOLLAR IS GOING ELSEWHERE NOW. THIS TEAM NEEDS TO MATHMATICALLY BE ELIMINATED FROM THE PLAYOFFS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AND HAVE THEIR NOSES RUBBED IN IT. IF THIS SO-CALLED TEAM MAKES THE PLAYOFFS, IT SAYS YOU CAN BE SHUT OUT 20 OR SO TIMES AND STILL MAKE IT, AND PATHETIC PLAY IS ACCEPTABLE. WELL, IT’S NOT ACCEPTABLE. A BAD TEAM LIKE THIS MAKING THE PLAYOFFS ISN’T ENOUGH TO BUILD ON FOR NEXT YEAR. SO LET’S GET IT OVER WITH AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE AREN’T CUBS FANS IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

  10. Why, of course a price hike “directly effects” every fan and every professional associated with the team. Just because someone might be in a position that avoids paying the price bump, that’s no rationalization for not having a strong opinion on the matter.

    Anyone interested in the Hawks’ success, and improving the home ice advantage and the experience of being at a Hawks match, should care very much about new policies imposed mid-season that influence how many fans will attend. This should be a PR disaster, and people involved in the Hawks should care.

    You may have other reasons for declining to express an opinion, but suggesting that you have no strong opinion because the price hike does not affect you comes across as disingenuous and, well, a bit smug.

  11. Wow, this is the same organization that went to Enterprise last week? It seemed like a great move by the Hawks and all those involved with that visit; the people of the town, the team, and the fans appeared to enjoy it. As Enterprise is closer to Kennewick than Portland, I wished the Americans organization had gone there, instead.

    The mid-slump, mid-season ticket raise was ill-timed to say the least, but I would be curious to see a comparison of US division walk up prices. I would think the numbers are similar. You could debate the value of a Hawk game experience to those of the other US teams, however, but I bet the prices are close.

  12. Hey Mike from Oregon City:

    I agree with your comment.

    Andy, I was asking was for your opinion, any opinion would of been nice. You did say, “My views of the Portland Winterhawks, the Western Hockey League, and hockey in general” .

    Lets hope people show up tonight and beat the Hurrucanes.

    needs a little over 20,000 to reach 7 Million, thats a great accomplishment. Too bad it will take the rest of the season to achieve it

  13. With only 12 home games left the Hawks will need to average 1717.5 fans per game to hit 700000000. I for one dont think it will happen this year unless they give tickets away just to boost attendance and as of today thats the only way my family and friends will be going to any more games this year and who knows maybe next year unless we find a way to put a good product on the ice for 60 minutes a game

  14. First we are sold to JJJ then we loose scooter (no personal Andy),then we loose Willie, then Innes , now this bone headed move doesnt anyone have a brain any more


Comments RSS TrackBack Identifier URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • Questions?

    Got a question for the broadcast crew? You can email questions to hawksradio@gmail.com and if you include your name and city, we just may answer them on the air!