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Hawks Notes: Portland @ Spokane – February 27, 2009

Previous Game – Chilliwack 1 @ Portland 2 (SO): The Portland Winter Hawks get a shoot-out winning goal from Colin Reddin while Ian Curtis stopped three of four Chilliwack Bruin attempts in the shoot-out to lead the Portland Winter Hawks to a 2-1 win at the Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday night. The Hawks forced overtime when Radim Valchar scored on the power play halfway through the second period, banging home a perfect cross-crease pass from Luke Walker.  It was the third straight game with a goal from Valchar and his team leading 11th power play goal of the season.  Chris Francis also assisted on the goal, extending his point streak to 12 games. Chilliwack took the lead on a power play goal late in the first period when Kevin Sundher fired a wrist shot from the left face-off circle off a centering pass from Mike Krgovich. Curtis made 26 saves on 27 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping three of four in the shoot-out to get the victory for Portland.  Lucas Gore was strong in net for the Bruins, stopping 36 of 37 in regulation and overtime and two of four in the shoot-out. Walker also scored for Portland in the shoot-out, while Francis and Riley Boychuk were stopped by Gore.  Blair Manning had the lone goal for Chilliwack in the shoot-out while Curtis stopped Sundher, Alexander WIklund and Andy Smith. On special teams, Portland finished 1 for 2 on the man advantage while Chilliwack was 1 for 3.

Team Notes: Portland is (16-41-2-2); (10-19-2-1) at home (2-4-0-0 in Rose Garden); (6-22-0-1) on the road. The Hawks last home win was on February 24, a 2-1 shootout win over Chilliwack. The last road win was on February 10, a 5-1 win over Prince George.

Portland vs. Spokane: This is the 9th and final meeting between the two teams, Spokane leads the season series 6-2-0-0. Portland is 5 for 41 (12.2%) on the power play while Spokane is 9 for 35 (25.7%). Spokane has outshot Portland 288-229 in the series.

Game Schedule:

9/20/08 – Spokane 3 @ Portland 0 10/10/08 – Spokane 6 @ Portland 2

10/15/08 – Portland 2 @ Spokane 5 11/7/08 – Portland 2 @ Spokane 1

1/3/09 – Portland 2 @ Spokane 1 1/14/09 – Portland 2 @ Spokane 4

1/16/09 – Spokane 7 @ Portland 1 2/13/09 – Spokane 4 @ Portland 1

2/27/09 @ Spokane

All-Time vs. Spokane:

Total: 230 GP – 92 (W) – 121 (L) – 12 (T) – 3 (OTL) – 2 (SOL)

At Home: 114 GP – 51-52-9-0-2 – On Road: 116 GP – 41-69-3-3-0

Portland All-Time:

Total: 2365 GP – 1143 (W) – 1055 (L) – 127 (T) – 30 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)

At Home: 1184 GP – 720-390-61-9-4 – On Road: 1181 GP – 423-665-66-21-6

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals: Luke Walker (21)

Assists: Chris Francis (35)

Points: Chris Francis (51)

Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (132)

Plus/Minus: Sawyer Mick (+4)

GAA: Ian Curtis (3.56)

Save Percentage: Ian Curtis (90.3%)

Power Play: 41 for 289 (14.2%) overall

Penalty Kill: 228 of 310 (73.5%) overall

Current Streaks: Chris Francis (7-10-17 in last 12); Radim Valchar (3-1-4 in last 4).

Injuries & Roster Updates: Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Brock Cornish, D, Shoulder (Indefinite); Killian Hutt, F, Shoulder (2 weeks). The Hawks have lost 163 man games to injury in 2008-09. Portland has added 1993 born Ty Rattie (1st Round, #2 Overall in the 2008 Bantam Draft) to the roster. Rattie played for the UFA Bisons in the AMHL this season, scoring 29-25-54 in 34 games with 12 PIM.

Milestones: Chris Francis needs four games played to reach 200 in his WHL career. Travis Ehrhardt needs 7 assists to reach 100 in his WHL career. Chris Francis needs 9 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 @ Saskatoon

Shootout Game Winning Goals: Reddin 2/24 vs. Chilliwack



  1. Andy:

    What do you have to say about this game? Besides the Hawks still have a chance to make the playoffs?

    Another embarassing game tonight. Welcome to the Hawks Ty. The Chiefs are an entire team, just the +/- ratio for the game. the Hawks had 4 players with a (-4) for the night.

    I don’t want to hear how proud the Hawks played in the 3rd period, when your down a touchdown its easy for a team to let down, which is exactly what the Chiefs did .

    I am a little concerned about the goaltending issue. I have noticed this past month, Coach Johnston has pulled whoever the starting goaltending was a few times …. Tells me he has no answer, rotating goalies per period tells me he has NO confidence in either. If Coach wants to play rotating goalie for a game, then suit up Keith Hamilton.

    But sources close to me, tell me, Keith is struggling in practice, which might be the reason he has NOT played since Junior World Tournament, If he strugles against the powerful Winterhawk offense, who know what would happen in a real game…..

    The Hawks have now been shutout 10 times this season.
    It was so bad for the Hawks, I had to listen to the game on the Chiefs radio network. Hey Winterhawk management, feel free to upgrade the watts on the radio station some time soon. I was able to pick up the Chiefs radio broadcast crystal clear.

    Hope to see Hawk fans tomorrow night in Kent. Lets hope Andy has no problems this visist. Third time is the charm

  2. Well what can I say we play the ok teams tough and the good teams like crap (what does this say,we have a long way to go before we can say we are good)we need goaltending may I say that again we NEED GOALTENDING and as for the radio broadcast I can even here the the giants broadcast on AM TIME TO DUMP THAT CRAP LOW WATT STATION and as I have said on earlier post I wish this team could play 60 minutes of hockey every night not just once or twice a month I really hope that we can make some moves during the off season maybe a couple GOOD veteran defenders and a goalie top my wish list you cant be outshot every game and expect to win it aint gonna happen

  3. Chuck:

    Once again we have NO talent to trade with….. who is going to trade a veteran defensemen or a goal scorer, which we need more, to us and get fair value in return??

    No offense, every trade the Winterhawks make turns out the other team got the better end of the deal.

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