Portland @ Chilliwack…Game Notes…

Finally…an Internet connection that works…nothing last night in Kamloops and it hasn’t worked since we arrived at the hotel in Chilliwack…hence the lack of posts for me yesterday.  Here are tonights game notes…I’ll post thoughts on this weekend on Monday after it is said and done…

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Chilliwack – March 7, 2009

Previous Game – Portland 4 @ Kamloops 5: The Portland Winter Hawks rallied from a three goal deficit in the final period but came up one goal short, falling to Kamloops 5-4 on Friday night. Portland got on the scoreboard first when Chris Francis buried a wrist shot on the power play from the left circle in the first period, set up by Travis Ehrhardt and Travis Bobbee. Kamloops got two goals 23 seconds apart, one from Tyler Shattock and the other from Seth Compton to take a 2-1 lead after one period. Portland would tie it on a Luke Walker power play goal early in the second, but Kamloops would strike three more times – Shayne Wiebe, Brendan Ranford and Shattock – to take a 5-2 lead after two periods. Portland got goals from Ehrhardt and Rutkowski to make it close. Portland appeared to tie the game in the final seconds, but the goal was determined to have crossed the line after the buzzer had gone. Francis (2-2-4), Walker (1-2-3) and Ehrhardt (1-2-3) all had multiple point nights for Portland. Kurtis Mucha started in net and stopped 18 of 23 shots in just under 36 minutes before giving way to Keith Hamilton who stopped all 10 shots he faced the rest of the way. Justin Leclerc made 26 saves on 30 shots for Kamloops. On special teams, Portland finished 2 for 6 on the power play while Kamloops finished 2 for 4.

Team Notes: Portland is (17-45-2-2); (11-19-2-1) at home (2-4-0-0 in Rose Garden); (6-26-0-1) on the road. The Hawks last home win was on March 3, 3-2 over Everett. The last road win was on February 10, 5-1 over Prince George.

Portland vs. Chilliwack: This is the third of four meetings between the two teams this season. Each team has one win in the series, with Portland’s coming via the shootout. Portland has outshot Chilliwack 66-45 in the series. On special teams in the series, Portland is 1 for 5 (20.0%) while Chilliwack is 1 for 8 (12.5%).

Game Schedule:

11/18/08 – Portland 0 @ Chilliwack 2

2/24/09 – Chilliwack 1 @ Portland 2 (SO)

3/7/09 – Portland @ Chilliwack

3/15/09 – Chilliwack @ Portland

All-Time vs. Chilliwack:

Total: 11 GP – 5 (W) – 5 (L) – 0 (T) – 0 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)

At Home: 6 GP – 4-2-0-0-0 – On Road: 5 GP – 1-3-0-0-1

Portland All-Time:

Total: 2370 GP – 1144 (W) – 1059 (L) – 127 (T) – 30 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)

At Home: 1185 GP – 721-390-61-9-4 – On Road: 1185 GP – 423-669-66-21-6

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals: Luke Walker (24)

Assists: Chris Francis (42)

Points: Chris Francis (59)

Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (154)

Plus/Minus: Daniel Johnston (+2)

GAA: Ian Curtis (3.83)

Save Percentage: Ian Curtis (89.7%)

Power Play: 45 for 309 (14.6%) overall

Penalty Kill: 244 of 334 (73.1%) overall

Current Streaks: Travis Ehrhardt (1-4-5 in last 3).

Injuries & Roster Updates: Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Brock Cornish, D, Shoulder (Indefinite); Max Brandl, F, Ankle (Day-to-Day). The Hawks have lost 177 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. Portland has also added 1993 born Tyler Wotherspoon (2nd Round, #23 Overall in the 2008 Bantam Draft) to the roster.

Milestones: Travis Ehrhardt needs 3 assists to reach 100 in his WHL career. Chris Francis needs 1 point 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 (Ten Times)
Most Goals Allowed: 8 (Twice)

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: 2/27/09 @ Spokane (Tokarski, 32 Saves – 8-0 loss)

Overtime Game Winning Goals: Rutkowski 10/22 @ Saskatoon

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

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