Tri City @ Portland…Game Notes…


Hawks Notes: Tri City @ Portland – February 6, 2009

Previous Game – Lethbridge 4 @ Portland 3 (OT): Luca Sbisa scored a power play goal with just over one minute remaining in the overtime session to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-3 OT victory over Portland on Wednesday. Sbisa and Colton Sceviour each had 1 goal and 2 assists for Lethbridge. Zach Boychuk and Austin Fyten scored the other goals for Lethbridge. Portland got multiple-point games from Chris Francis (1 goal, 1 assist) and Travis Ehrhardt (2 assists) in the loss. Francis and Colin Reddin each had goals while on a two-man advantage and Joel Ridgeway had the other goal even strength for Portland. Kurtis Mucha started in net for Portland, stopped 4 of 6 shots before being relieved by Ian Curtis early in the second period. Curtis stopped 22 of 24 shots in just under 40 minutes. Juha Metsola went the distance for Lethbridge, handling 30 of 33 shots as Portland outshot Lethbridge 33-30. On special teams, Portland went 2 for 10 on the power play while Lethbridge was 3 for 7.

Team Notes: Portland is (12-34-2-2); (7-15-2-1) 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. Tri City: This is the seventh of nine meetings between the two teams, with the Americans leading the series at 4-2-0-0, outscoring Portland 21-16. Portland is 4 for 30 (13.3%) on the power play in the series while Tri City is 10 for 41 (24.4%). Tri City has out-shot Portland 204-171 in the series. Chris Francis leads Portland in scoring with six points in six games vs. Tri City.

Game Schedule:

10/31/08 – Portland 4 @ Tri City 1 11/15/08 – Tri City 3 @ Portland 4

12/28/08 – Tri City 4 @ Portland 3 1/10/09 – Portland 3 @ Tri City 6

1/28/09 – Portland 2 @ Tri City 5 1/30/09 – Tri City 2 @ Portland 0

2/6/09 – Tri City @ Portland 2/22/09 – Tri City @ Portland

3/1/09 – Portland @ Tri City

All-Time vs. Tri City:

Total: 200 GP – 90 (W) – 92 (L) – 9 (T) – 7 (OTL) – 2 (SOL)

At Home: 99 GP – 56-35-4-3-1 – On Road: 101 GP – 34-57-5-4-1

Portland All-Time:

Total: 2354 GP – 1139 (W) – 1048 (L) – 127 (T) – 30 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)

At Home: 1177 GP – 717-386-61-9-4 – On Road: 1177 GP – 422-662-66-21-6

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals: Luke Walker (16)

Assists: Chris Francis (26)

Points: Chris Francis (36)

Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (104)

Plus/Minus: Sawyer Mick (+3)

GAA: Kurtis Mucha (3.81)

Save Percentage: Ian Curtis (89.2%)

Power Play: 32 for 244 (13.1%) overall

Penalty Kill: 184 of 252 (73.0%) 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 125 man games to injury in 2008-09.

Milestones: Kurtis Mucha needs one win to reach 50 in his WHL career. Ryan Kerr needs seven games played to reach 200 in his WHL career. Tayler Jordan needs seven 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 (Twice)

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


  1. Andy:

    I have no problems with the 3 stars of the game tonight. Maybe the key to their success is to NOT win the shots on goals race.

    nice crowd as well

  2. Hawks win! Hawks win!

    It was nice to see Ross break his scoreless streak. I like the way he plays the game.

    I wish all the games were in the RG.

    Curtis in net makes the game an adventure – a good adventure lately.

    Is it just me, or has the officiating been pretty good lately? It seems that even with two refs lately they have been letting the kids play for the most part, and I have a hard time faulting most of the calls over the last few games.

    Hell, I thought the ‘Hawks got away with a ton of stuff last Friday (also against TC). Jordan probably deserved a game misconduct, then got the proper call on that Schmitt dive….

  3. Gotta get that FM feed in there fixed next year.

  4. Thank you, Hawks, for beating the Ams tonight. Thank you, scheduling gods for putting a game I could go to in the Rose Garden. Thank you, Hawks, for playing with emotion, and for seeming to “get it”. Thank you, coaches, for teaching our guys good habits.

  5. No kidding, Dylan…

    I am so tired of that issue…


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