Spokane @ Portland…Game Notes…


Hawks Notes: Spokane @ Portland – February 13, 2009

Previous Game – Portland 5 @ Prince George 1: The Portland Winter Hawks got a hat trick from Luke Walker, knocking off the Prince George Cougars by a score of 5-1 on Tuesday night. Walker got the Hawks going with a deflection of a Brett Ponich entry pass less than two minutes into the opening period.  Chris Francis then added a short-handed goal, again set up by Ponich, scoring on a two-on-one rush on a wrist shot from the left circle.  Less than a minute later, Stefan Schneider was hooked on a breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot by referee Steve Papp, and Schneider made no mistake, burying a back hand top-corner over Kevin Armstrong to extend the lead to 3-0 at the end of the first period. Walker would get the lone goal of the second period, assisted by Francis and the third assist of the night for Ponich, on a goal-mouth stuff shot.  Prince George scored their lone goal early in the third period on a rebound by Corey Tyrell, off an entry shot by Marek Viedensky. Walker would finish out his hat trick, tipping in a cross ice pass from Francis in the closing minutes.  Walker, Francis and Ponich each finished with three point nights for Portland. Kurtis Mucha went the distance in net for Portland, stopping 33 of 34 shots for his 50th career WHL victory.   Kevin Armstrong started in net for PG, playing one period, making 9 saves on 12 shots.  Joe Caligiuri finished for the Cougars, stopping 12 of 14. On special teams, Portland went 0 for 2 while while PG finished 0-4.

Team Notes: Portland is (14-36-2-2); (8-16-2-1) at home (2-4-0-0 in Rose Garden); (6-20-0-1) 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 February 10, a 5-1 win over Prince George.

Portland vs. Spokane: This is the 8th of 9 meetings between the two teams, Spokane leads the season series 5-2-0-0. Portland is 5 for 36 (13.8%) on the power play while Spokane is 8 for 32 (25.0%). Spokane has outshot Portland 257-199 in the series.

Game Schedule:

9/20/08 – Spokane 3 @ Portland 0 10/10/08 – Spokane 6 @ Portland 2

10/15/08 – Portland 2 @ Spokane 5 11/7/08 – Portland 2 @ Spokane 1

1/3/09 – Portland 2 @ Spokane 1 1/14/09 – Portland 2 @ Spokane 4

1/16/09 – Spokane 7 @ Portland 1 2/13/09 @ Portland

2/27/09 @ Spokane

All-Time vs. Spokane:

Total: 229 GP – 92 (W) – 120 (L) – 12 (T) – 3 (OTL) – 2 (SOL)

At Home: 113 GP – 51-51-9-0-2 – On Road: 116 GP – 41-69-3-3-0

Portland All-Time:

Total: 2358 GP – 1141 (W) – 1050 (L) – 127 (T) – 30 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)

At Home: 1179 GP – 718-387-61-9-4 – On Road: 1179 GP – 423-663-66-21-6

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals: Luke Walker (19)

Assists: Chris Francis (30)

Points: Chris Francis (43)

Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (116)

Plus/Minus: Sawyer Mick (+1)

GAA: Ian Curtis (3.58)

Save Percentage: Ian Curtis (90.4%)

Power Play: 35 for 260 (13.5%) overall

Penalty Kill: 200 of 271 (73.8%) overall

Current Streaks: Chris Francis (4-5-9 in last 5); Stefan Schneider (2-0-2 in last 2); Radim Valchar (0-2-2 in last 2).

Injuries & Roster Updates: Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Brock Cornish, D, Shoulder (Indefinite); Killian Hutt, F, Shoulder (2 weeks); Max Brandl, F, Ankle (Indefinite). The Hawks have lost 141 man games to injury in 2008-09.

Milestones: Ryan Kerr needs three games played to reach 200 in his WHL career. Tayler Jordan needs three 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


  1. Why is it that Travis was given the 3rd star last night when for all of Spokanes goals he was out of position? This seems to be a pattern for Travis. He seems a little too concerned with scoring. His primary focus should be protecting our net and goalie! Look at his plus minus and that is very telling. This is not a personal attack, off the ice I like Travis and find him to be nice and polite with a bright future. I just wish his focus was on the present!

  2. Katie:

    Don’t disagree with Andy regarding the 3 stars of the game. You have an opinion, so does Andy and myself. THis particular instance, you two do not agree.

    As for Travis, he in an offensive defensemen. His strengths are puck handling and being the quarterback of the power play. Travis is not a stay at home defensemen, like Mike Williamson.

    Good luck tonight.

  3. Andy:

    Do you think the Winterhawks are still in contention for the 8th seed in the playoffs?

    The Power play is horrible,

    The Winterhawks are 12 -132 on the Power play on the road this season. Which is at 9% for the year. there are 9 players in the WHL that have scored the same amount of Power play goals, as the Winterhawks have scored as a team on the road.

    Is this team really one year out of making the playoffs and 2 years out of making the serious run to the Memorial Cup?

    Not unless we get some more skilled forwards, who know how to score. especially on the power play .

    Its just frustrating .

  4. Andy:

    No game notes from Seattle? How was the building compared to the first time the Hawks were in town?

  5. Brian,
    I spent a couple hours before the game trying to get the phone line connection to work, hence, no time to post the game notes. But, thanks for asking…

    As far as my thoughts on ShoWare…I’m not enamored…mainly due to having phone issues both times I’ve been there.


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