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Hawks Notes: Tri City @ Portland – February 22, 2009

Previous Game – Seattle 4 @ Portland 3: Jonathan Parker scored his second goal of the game on the power play with just over one minute remaining to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-3 win over Portland on Saturday night. Parker gave Seattle a 1-0 lead in the first period before Portland tied it on a goal by Chris Francis, set up by Luke Walker. Greg Scott scored two goals in the second period, both assisted by Parker and Prab Rai. Portland got a second period goal by Riley Boychuk to make it 3-2 Seattle after two periods. Radim Valchar, set up by Boychuk, tied the score for the third time on a wrap-around goal early in the third period. Kurtis Mucha made 25 saves on 29 shots while Calvin Pickard stopped 29 of 32 shots for Seattle. On special teams, Portland went 0 for 2 on the power play while Seattle went 1 for 5.

Team Notes: Portland is (15-40-2-2); (9-18-2-1) 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. Tri City: This is the eighth of nine meetings between the two teams, with the Americans leading the series at 4-3-0-0, outscoring Portland 22-19. Portland is 6 for 36 (16.7%) on the power play in the series while Tri City is 10 for 48 (20.8%). Tri City has out-shot Portland 244-191 in the series.

Game Schedule:

10/31/08 – Portland 4 @ Tri City 1 11/15/08 – Tri City 3 @ Portland 4

12/28/08 – Tri City 4 @ Portland 3 1/10/09 – Portland 3 @ Tri City 6

1/28/09 – Portland 2 @ Tri City 5 1/30/09 – Tri City 2 @ Portland 0

2/6/09 – Tri City 1 @ Portland 3 2/22/09 – Tri City @ Portland

3/1/09 – Portland @ Tri City

All-Time vs. Tri City: Total: 201 GP – 91 (W) – 92 (L) – 9 (T) – 7 (OTL) – 2 (SOL)

At Home: 100 GP – 57-35-4-3-1 – On Road: 101 GP – 34-57-5-4-1

Portland All-Time: Total: 2363 GP – 1142 (W) – 1054 (L) – 127 (T) – 30 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)

At Home: 1182 GP – 719-389-61-9-4 – On Road: 1181 GP – 423-665-66-21-6

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals: Luke Walker (21)

Assists: Chris Francis (33)

Points: Chris Francis (49)

Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (132)

Plus/Minus: Sawyer Mick (+4)

GAA: Ian Curtis/Kurtis Mucha (3.80)

Save Percentage: Ian Curtis (90.0%)

Power Play: 39 for 284 (13.7%) overall

Penalty Kill: 221 of 301 (73.4%) overall

Current Streaks: Chris Francis (7-8-15 in last 10); Joel Ridgeway (0-3-3 in last 3); Riley Boychuk (1-2-3 in last 2); Radim Valchar (1-1-2 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 156 man games to injury in 2008-09.

Milestones: Chris Francis needs six games played to reach 200 in his WHL career. Travis Ehrhardt needs 7 assists to reach 100 in his WHL career. Chris Francis needs 11 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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1 Comment

  1. Hey Andy:

    Are you still hoping the Winterhawks will make the playoffs? I figured not since the staff is encouraging close hard fought defeats.

    Lets hope this builds some team chemistry to leapfrog some teams next season, however, I would like to see more “Wins” instead of hard foughts defeats.

    Congrats to the Cougars, I am glad we made you fight to the last day of the season to get that 8 seed. That spot should of been reserved for the Hawks instead of the Cougars. The Cougars are good YOUNG team, with one thing this team does not have, a real goal scorer and rookies that score and contribute.


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