Chilliwack vs. Portland…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Chilliwack @ Portland – February 24, 2009

Previous Game – Tri City 4 @ Portland 1: For the second straight night, the Portland Winter Hawks played strong, but the Tri City Americans get two third period goals to break open a close game and defeat Portland 4-1 at the Memorial Coliseum on Sunday evening. Mitch Fadden scored a power play goal and Kruise Reddick added an empty-net goal in the final frame for Tri City. The Americans took a 1-0 lead early in the second period when Jordan Messier wristed home a shot from between the face-off circles.  Portland tied the score when Radim Valchar fired home a shot from the slot, set up by Chris Francis and Travis Bobbee.  The assist for Francis extended his point streak to a season high 11 games, garnering 16 points during that stretch. Tri City would get the game winner when Fadden forced a turnover behind the Portland net, setting up Johnny Lazo on the doorstep with five minutes remaining in the second period. Chet Pickard made 26 saves to get the win for Tri City while Kurtis Mucha stopped 36 of 39 for Portland as Tri City outshot the Hawks 40-27 in the game. On special teams, Portland went 1 for 3 on the power play while killing 5 of 6 chances against.

Team Notes: Portland is (15-41-2-2); (9-19-2-1) 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. Chilliwack: This is the second of four meetings between the two teams this season. Chilliwack leads the season series 1-0-0-0. Portland outshot Chilliwack 28-19 in the first meeting. On special teams in the series, Portland is 0 for 3 while Chilliwack is 0 for 5.

Game Schedule:

11/18/08 – Portland 0 @ Chilliwack 2

2/24/09 – Chilliwack @ Portland

3/7/09 – Portland @ Chilliwack

3/15/09 – Chilliwack @ Portland

All-Time vs. Chilliwack:

Total: 10 GP – 4 (W) – 5 (L) – 0 (T) – 0 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)

At Home: 5 GP – 3-2-0-0-0 – On Road: 5 GP – 1-3-0-0-1

Portland All-Time:

Total: 2364 GP – 1142 (W) – 1055 (L) – 127 (T) – 30 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)

At Home: 1183 GP – 719-390-61-9-4 – On Road: 1181 GP – 423-665-66-21-6

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals: Luke Walker (21)

Assists: Chris Francis (34)

Points: Chris Francis (50)

Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (132)

Plus/Minus: Sawyer Mick (+4)

GAA: Kurtis Mucha (3.78)

Save Percentage: Ian Curtis (90.0%)

Power Play: 40 for 287 (13.9%) overall

Penalty Kill: 226 of 307 (73.6%) overall

Current Streaks: Chris Francis (7-9-16 in last 11); Radim Valchar (2-1-3 in last 3).

Injuries & Roster Updates: Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Brock Cornish, D, Shoulder (Indefinite); Killian Hutt, F, Shoulder (2 weeks). The Hawks have lost 159 man games to injury in 2008-09.

Milestones: Chris Francis needs five games played to reach 200 in his WHL career. Travis Ehrhardt needs 7 assists to reach 100 in his WHL career. Chris Francis needs 10 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



  1. Well its nice to see a win for a change I thought we played a pretty good game against another ok team we should have won 5 or 6 to 1 if we could have only finished 1 or 2 of the open nets (and yes good ol #12 missed another wide open net but kut the kid some slack at least he is showing up every night) I did have some interesting conversations with some of the powers that be and now some of the decisions made this year make sense. Andy you could make life a whole lot easier on your self if you would ask the management some of the questions we ask you here on the blog. I found out tonight more info in a 15 minute conversation than I can usually get from your blog. like the reason for the addition of the user fee to all walk up ticket prices (if you buy direct or mini packages from the hawks office there is no user fee)if you bought a $5 ticket at the door the hawks would only make $1 at the old prices and we all know they still need to make some money since they dont get any revenue from any where else.Ok enough said tonight good night all

    GO HAWKS GO!!!!!

  2. yep, a win is a win……

    but a regulation win is better ;)

  3. do the NHL black hawks have anything to do with the portland winter hawks? I am new to hockey and was just wondering!

  4. Kevin,
    there is no affiliation between Portland and Chicago…in the early years of Portland’s franchise, they received hand-me-down Chicago jerseys to use. The logo has had minor variations for Portland, but it is based on the Chicago jersey due to the early year jerseys.


  5. hey Kevin… here’s a good read about how the Winter Hawks came to Portland…..

  6. I’m looking forward to seeing Ty Rattie close out the season. Should be fun to watch…

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