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.