Hawks Notes: Lethbridge @ Portland – February 4, 2009
Previous Game – Everett 5 @ Portland 0: The Portland Winter Hawks peppered Everett Silvertip goaltender Thomas Heemskerk with 31 shots on Saturday night, but Heemskerk was up to the task, stopping all 31 as Everett knocked off Portland by a score of 5-0 at the Memorial Coliseum. Everett got three point nights from Shane Harper (2 goals, 1 assist) and Zack Dailey (1 goal, 2 assists) to lead the offense for the Silvertips. Tyler Maxwell and Byron Froese scored the other goals for Everett. Portland created a number of scoring chances throughout the game, including point blank chances by Riley Boychuk, Brad Ross and Taylor Peters, but they were not able to solve Heemskerk. This was the first time in eight games this season that Portland had outshot Everett. Kurtis Mucha went the distance in net for Portland, making 17 saves on 22 shots. On special teams, Portland went scoreless in five opportunities on the power play while killing seven of nine extra man chances against.
Team Notes: Portland is (12-34-1-2); (7-15-1-1) at home (1-4-0-0 in Rose Garden); (5-19-0-1) 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. Lethbridge: This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season. Last year, Lethbridge defeated Portland by a margin of 3-2 in Lethbridge, outshooting Portland 29-13. Lethbridge has won the past four meetings between the two teams and the last time Portland defeated Lethbridge on home ice was on 2/10/01, a 2-1 victory.
2/4/09 – Lethbridge @ Portland
All-Time vs. Lethbridge:
Total: 34 GP – 12 (W) – 17 (L) – 5 (T) – 0 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)
At Home: 16 GP – 8-6-2-0-0
On Road: 18 GP – 4-11-3-0-0
Total: 2353 GP – 1139 (W) – 1048 (L) – 127 (T) – 29 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)
At Home: 1176 GP – 717-386-61-8-4
On Road: 1177 GP – 422-662-66-21-6
Regular Season Leaders:
Goals: Luke Walker (16)
Assists: Chris Francis (25)
Points: Chris Francis (34)
Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (102)
GAA: Kurtis Mucha (3.79)
Save Percentage: Kurtis Mucha (89.1%)
Power Play: 30 for 234 (12.8%) overall
Penalty Kill: 180 of 245 (73.5%) overall
Current Streaks: No current streaks.
Injuries & Roster Updates: Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Brock Cornish, D, Shoulder (Indefinite); Killian Hutt, F, Shoulder (2 weeks). The Hawks have lost 122 man games to injury in 2008-09.
Milestones: Kurtis Mucha needs one win to reach 50 in his WHL career. Chris Francis needs one point to reach 75 in his WHL career. Luke Walker needs one point to reach 50 in his WHL career. Ryan Kerr needs eight games played to reach 200 in his WHL career. Tayler Jordan needs eight games played 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 (Nine 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: 1/31/09 vs. Everett (Heemskerk, 31 saves – 5-0 win)
Overtime Game Winning Goals: Rutkowski 10/22 vs. Saskatoon