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Hawks Notes: Seattle @ Portland – February 21, 2009

Previous Game – Portland 3 @ Everett 7: The Everett Silvertips scored three first period power-play goals and they hold on for a 7-3 victory over the Portland Winter Hawks on Wednesday night. Referee Andy Thiessen put the Hawks short-handed five times in the opening period, and the Silvertips capitalized, getting goals from Byron Froese, Zack Dailey and Chris de la Lande. After Shane Harper made it 4-0 late in the second period, Portland got a goal back from rookie Sawyer Mick, who chipped in a shot from the side of the goal for his second goal in as many games. Tyler Parker scored on a breakaway to round out the scoring in the second period, giving the Silvertips a 5-1 lead after two periods. Daniel Bartek and Campbell Elynuik scored early in the third period for Everett before Portland got some power-play time of their own, scoring twice in the final ten minutes. Chris Francis extended his point streak to 9 games, chipping in a power play goal set up by Riley Boychuk and Radim Valchar.  Troy Rutkowski scored the final goal with a wrist shot, set up by Max Brandl. Kurtis Mucha started in net for Portland, stopping 20 of 25 shots in nearly 37 minutes of action before giving way to Ian Curtis who handled 13 of 15 shots the rest of the way.  Thomas Heemskerk went the distance for Everett, making 15 saves on 18 shots for the win. On special teams, the Silvertips finished 3 for 9 on the power play, while Portland went 2 for 5.

Team Notes: Portland is (15-39-2-2); (9-17-2-1) at home (2-4-0-0 in Rose Garden); (6-22-0-1) 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. Seattle: This is the ninth of 12 meetings between the two teams. Seattle leads the season series 6-2-0-0. Portland is 3 for 33 (9.1%) on the power play while Seattle is 8 for 31 (25.8%). Seattle has outshot Portland 276-227 in the series.

Game Schedule:

10/11/08 – Seattle 4 @ Portland 0 11/22/08 – Portland 2 @ Seattle 6

11/29/09 – Seattle 5 @ Portland 3 12/6/08 – Seattle 3 @ Portland 1

12/27/08 – Portland 5 @ Seattle 1 12/31/08 – Seattle 2 @ Portland 4

1/24/09 – Portland 1 @ Seattle 3 2/14/09 – Portland 1 @ Seattle 7

2/21/09 @ Portland 2/28/09 @ Seattle

3/13/09 @ Seattle 3/14/09 @ Portland

All-Time vs. Seattle:

Total: 409 GP – 214 (W) – 165 (L) – 23 (T) – 6 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)

At Home: 204 GP – 127-66-8-3-0 – On Road: 205 GP – 87-99-15-3-1

Portland All-Time:

Total: 2362 GP – 1142 (W) – 1053 (L) – 127 (T) – 30 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)

At Home: 1181 GP – 719-388-61-9-4 – On Road: 1181 GP – 423-665-66-21-6

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals: Luke Walker (21)

Assists: Chris Francis (33)

Points: Chris Francis (48)

Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (130)

Plus/Minus: Sawyer Mick (+4)

GAA: Ian Curtis/Kurtis Mucha (3.80)

Save Percentage: Ian Curtis (90.0%)

Power Play: 39 for 282 (13.8%) overall

Penalty Kill: 217 of 296 (73.3%) overall

Current Streaks: Chris Francis (6-8-15 in last 9); Sawyer Mick (2-0-2 in last 2); Joel Ridgeway (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). The Hawks have lost 153 man games to injury in 2008-09.

Milestones: Chris Francis needs seven games played to reach 200 in his WHL career. Travis Ehrhardt needs 8 assists to reach 100 in his WHL career. Chris Francis needs 12 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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