That’s goaltender Ian Curtis taking part in the pre-game skate today at the Cougars practice rink next door to the CN Centre.
I haven’t heard for sure, but I have a hunch that Curtis will start tonight against his former team. In his last four appearances, Curtis has posted a goals against of 2.49 and a save percentage of 93.6%.
Max Brandl skated today but most likely won’t be in the line-up tonight.
Here are the game notes for tonight:
Hawks Notes: Portland @ Prince George – February 9, 2009
Previous Game – Vancouver 4 @ Portland 2: The Portland Winter Hawks took the WHL’s top team, the Vancouver Giants, late into the game in a close battle, but couldn’t get the tying goal and the Giants defeat Portland by a score of 4-2 at the Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night. Evander Kane scored two power play goals, set up by Jonathan Blum and Casey Pierro-Zabotel, to lead the Giants. They got single markers from Craig Schira and Alex Rodgers. Portland took the early lead when Chris Francis scored on the first Winter Hawk shot, firing a wrister past Vancouver goaltender Jamie Tucker off assists from Luke Walker and Troy Rutkowski. Vancouver would take a 3-1 into the second period before Travis Ehrhardt scored on a power play wrist shot, off assists from Francis and Travis Bobbee, but Portland couldn’t even the score. Ian Curtis started in net for Portland and continued his strong play, stopping 49 of 53 shots. Tucker handled 25 of 27 shots for Vancouver. On special teams, Portland went 1 for 3 on the power play while Vancouver finished 2 for 4.
Team Notes: Portland is (13-35-2-2); (8-16-2-1) at home (2-4-0-0 in Rose Garden); (5-19-0-1) on the road. The Hawks last home win was on February 6, a 3-1 win over Tri City. The last road win was on January 3, 2009, a 2-1 win over Spokane.
Portland vs. Prince George: This is the third of four meetings between the two teams. Portland leads the series 1-0-1-0, outscoring the Cougars 7-5. Prince George has outshot Portland 76-65 in the series. On special teams, Portland is 3 for 10 (30.0%) on the power play while Prince George is 2 for 14 (14.3%).
11-14-08 – PG 1 @ Portland 4 12-12-08 – PG 4 @ Portland 3 OT
2-9-09 – Portland @ PG 2-10-09 – Portland @ PG
All-Time vs. Prince George:
Total: 88 GP – 40 (W) – 42 (L) – 5 (T) – 1 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)
At Home: 44 GP – 26-15-2-1-0 – On Road: 44 GP – 14-27-3-0-0
Total: 2356 GP – 1140 (W) – 1049 (L) – 127 (T) – 30 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)
At Home: 1179 GP – 718-387-61-9-4 – On Road: 1177 GP – 422-662-66-21-6
Regular Season Leaders:
Goals: Luke Walker (16)
Assists: Chris Francis (28)
Points: Chris Francis (39)
Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (111)
Plus/Minus: Sawyer Mick (+2)
GAA: Ian Curtis (3.63)
Save Percentage: Ian Curtis (90.5%)
Power Play: 35 for 253 (13.8%) overall
Penalty Kill: 193 of 263 (73.4%) overall
Current Streaks: Chris Francis (2-3-5 in last 3); Travis Ehrhardt (1-3-4 in last 3).
Injuries & Roster Updates: Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Brock Cornish, D, Shoulder (Indefinite); Killian Hutt, F, Shoulder (2 weeks); Max Brandl, F, Ankle (Day-to-Day). The Hawks have lost 133 man games to injury in 2008-09.
Milestones: Kurtis Mucha needs one win to reach 50 in his WHL career. Chris Francis needs one assist to reach 50 in his WHL career. Ryan Kerr needs five games played to reach 200 in his WHL career. Tayler Jordan needs five 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 (Twice)
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