Another tough weekend for the Winter Hawks as they battled hard for two games against Seattle and Tri City, only to come away with losses.
Saturday night, especially, was tough to lose after out-shooting Seattle and dominating large stretches of the game. The Hawks battled back from one-goal deficits on three occassions, but couldn’t get over the top despite having numerous glorious scoring chances in the early stretches of the third period.
It was nice to meet the Father of Calvin and Chet Pickard, who took in both games this weekend at the MC. He says he’s a reader of this blog, so thanks for reading!
Chris Francis continued his February point streak, getting points in all 11 games this month. He has three more games remaining in the month and Francis’ streak goes that far, he’ll equal Marcel Hossa’s 14 game point streak in 2000-01.
Radim Valchar scored his 10th power play goal of the season last night, giving him exactly 25% of the Hawks power play goals this season (the team has scored 40 with the man advantage). Last year, the Hawks finished with 40 power play goals scored (in 72 games), with Travis Bobbee leading the way with six power play goals.
Hawks 1st Round (#2 overall) Bantam Draft selection Ty Rattie’s midget season is over after last night’s playoff loss to the Red Deer Optimist Rebels. Rattie is now free to join the Hawks for the remainder of the season and he is expected to report to Portland this week.
Chances are that Rattie would most likely make his debut on Friday night in Spokane.
Rattie finished the regular season with the UFA Bisons as the 4th leading scorer of the AMHL, posting 29-25-54 in 34 games with just 12 PIM’s. Rattie had 11 power play goals, 3 short-handed, and 5 game winners. In his last year of Bantam hockey in 2007-08, he had spectacular numbers – 75-56-131 in just 33 games.
Rattie appeared in three preseason games for Portland this year, scoring 3-1-4 in those three appearances.
He will wear #8 for the Hawks.
Tomorrow night, the Hawks host the Chilliwack Bruins. In a year that has been full of scheduling quirks, this is another one as this will be the first visit to Portland for the Bruins this season. In fact, the Hawks will face Chilliwack three times in the final 12 games.
The two teams have virtually identical records, with Chilliwack holding a two-point advantage over the Hawks, although they have played three more games than Portland.
The Bruins are the lowest scoring team in the league (133 goals in 63 games – 2.11/game), but they won the only match-up between the two teams, shutting out Portland 2-0.
It has been a trying year in the ‘Wack – losing Oscar Moller and Mark Santorelli, the whole Evan Pighin ordeal, the injury to Jadon Potter and the firing of GM Darrell May.
Should be an interesting match-up tomorrow night…
And lastly…to Brian…yes, until the Hawks are officially eliminated from playoff contention, I will hold out hope that they will make the run necessary to make the playoffs.
There is nothing that you, or anyone else, could write or say that will change that…