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Hawks Notes: Portland @ Everett – February 18, 2009

Previous Game – Kelowna 3 @ Portland 4: The Portland Winter Hawks got two goals from Luke Walker on the power-play and a 4-3 victory over the Kelowna Rockets on Monday afternoon. Portland went 2 for 5 on the power-play and killed 8 of 9 chances against in the win. Colin Reddin got the Hawks on the scoreboard early in the first period, driving to the net and putting home a rebound of a Brett Ponich entry shot past Rocket goaltender Mark Guggenberger. The game would remain 1-0 until the final minute of the second period when Walker deflected home a Travis Ehrhardt entry shot on a 4-on-3 power play.  Chris Francis assisted on the play to extend his point-streak to eight games for Portland. Walker would add another goal in the opening minute of the third period, again deflecting home an Ehrhardt entry shot, to extend the Hawks lead to 3-0.  Kelowna would get a goal back from Jamie Benn to make it 3-1, but Portland’s Sawyer Mick would get the eventual game winner, filing home a wrist shot from the slot, off a feed from Joel Ridgeway to chase Guggenberger from the Rocket net. Benn would make it interesting, scoring twice more to finish his hat trick. Kurtis Mucha was solid in net for Portland, stopping 39 of 42 shots for the victory.  In the third period, Mucha faced the 6,000th shot of his WHL career.  Guggenberger took the loss for Kelowna, stopping 15 of 19 shots while Adam Brown finished up, stopping all three shots he faced.

Team Notes: Portland is (15-38-2-2); (9-17-2-1) at home (2-4-0-0 in Rose Garden); (6-21-0-1) on the road. The Hawks last home win was on February 16, a 4-3 win over Kelowna. The last road win was on February 10, a 5-1 win over Prince George.

Portland vs. Everett: This is the eighth of ten meetings between the two teams. Portland is 1-5-0-1 in the series. Everett has outscored Portland 27-11 in the five games. Everett is 9 for 36 (25.0%) on the power play while Portland is 5 for 33 (15.2%). Everett has outshot Portland 241-207 in the series.

Game Schedule:

9/26/08 – Portland 0 @ Everett 2 1/11/09 – Everett 5 @ Portland 4 (SO)

11/19/08 – Portland 1 @ Everett 7 1/31/09 – Everett 5 @ Portland 0

11/21/08 – Portland 2 @ Everett 5 2/18/09 in Everett

11/28/08 – Portland 0 @ Everett 3 3/3/09 in Portland

1/2/09 – Everett 0 @ Portland 4 3/8/09 in Portland

All-Time vs. Everett:

Total: 61 GP – 15 (W) – 38 (L) – 4 (T) – 2 (OTL) – 2 (SOL)

At Home: 30 GP – 6-20-3-0-1 – On Road: 31 GP – 9-18-1-2-1

Portland All-Time:

Total: 2361 GP – 1142 (W) – 1052 (L) – 127 (T) – 30 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)

At Home: 1181 GP – 719-388-61-9-4 – On Road: 1180 GP – 423-664-66-21-6

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals: Luke Walker (21)

Assists: Chris Francis (33)

Points: Chris Francis (47)

Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (121)

Plus/Minus: Sawyer Mick (+3)

GAA: Kurtis Mucha (3.73)

Save Percentage: Ian Curtis (90.1%)

Power Play: 37 for 277 (13.4%) overall

Penalty Kill: 211 of 287 (73.5%) overall

Current Streaks: Chris Francis (5-8-13 in last 8); Travis Ehrhardt (1-4-5 in last 4); Colin Reddin (2-0-2 in last 2).

Injuries & Roster Updates: Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Brock Cornish, D, Shoulder (Indefinite); Killian Hutt, F, Shoulder (2 weeks). The Hawks have lost 150 man games to injury in 2008-09.

Milestones: Tayler Jordan needs one game played to reach 100 in his WHL career. Travis Ehrhardt needs 8 assists to reach 100 in his WHL career. Chris Francis needs 13 points 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

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