The bus rolled into the MC parking lot a little after 1:00 this afternoon after the lengthy trip home from PG. Once again, the roads were bare and dry, the only trouble being blowing sand and gravel that covered up the lines making it hard to see the lanes.
We drove straight through to Mt. Vernon, WA, where we changed drivers and had breakfast at the local Denny’s, before heading South. One mis-turn in Seattle put us downtown instead of on I-5 and that took a few minutes to un-do as we got caught in the hilly section of Seattle and that is not great in a 45 foot bus.
For me, it was a good trip as I got more sleep than usual and actually feel fairly rested this afternoon. I’m sure it will hit me harder tonight, but it is good to be home.
Last night, the Winter Hawks finally figured out how to finish some chances (although they should have won by 8-1 or more, if they finished them all) and it was great to see Luke Walker complete the hat trick late in the third period. It was the first hat trick for Portland since Frazer McLaren potted three goals against Chilliwack on October 22, 2006.
Chris Francis had another multiple-point game (the 13th of the season for him) and he is closing in on 100 career WHL points. He now has 83 points in his WHL career. His 43 points this season more than doubles his previous two seasons combined.
Lastly, Brett Ponich chipped in three assists for his first three-point game. He had three assists all of last year.
Stefan Schneider’s penalty shot goal last night was the third penalty shot attempt of the season for Portland. Oliver Gabriel was successful on 12/31 and Riley Boychuk was stopped on 1/2.
Next up, the Hawks take on the Spokane Chiefs on Friday the 13th at the MC at 7:30….more on that game later this week…
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