Everett @ Portland…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Everett @ Portland – March 8, 2009

Previous Game – Portland 3 @ Chilliwack 5: Ryan Howse scored twice to lead the Chilliwack Bruins to a 5-3 come from behind victory over the Portland Winter Hawks on Saturday night at the Prospera Centre. Portland led 3-0 halfway through the game, but Chilliwack was awarded eight consecutive power plays and a penalty shot in the final 30 minutes to aid their cause in the comeback. Portland took a 1-0 lead after one period when Troy Rutkowski scored his second goal in as many nights, set up by Killian Hutt and Colin Reddin, on a wrist shot from between the circles. The Hawks extended their lead on a slap shot by Chris Francis, for his 100th career WHL point, and a wrap-around by Stefan Schneider halfway through the second period.

Brandon Manning scored on a slap shot later in the second to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead after two periods. Howse would score back-to-back power play goals for Chilliwack to tie the game halfway through the final period. Alexander Wiklund scored on a rebound with seven minutes remaining for the eventual game-winner. Kevin Sundher scored on a penalty shot to round out the scoring, after it was determined that a Hawk defenseman had covered the puck with his hand in the crease. Lucas Gore made 28 saves on 31 shots for Chilliwack while Ian Curtis stopped 38 of 43 for Portland. On special teams, Portland went 0 for 5 on the power play while Chilliwack finished 2 for 12.

Team Notes: Portland is (17-46-2-2); (11-19-2-1) at home (2-4-0-0 in Rose Garden); (6-27-0-1) 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. Everett: This is the tenth and final meeting between the two teams. Portland is 2-6-0-1 in the series. Everett has outscored Portland 36-17 in the nine games. Everett is 13 for 49 (26.5%) on the power play while Portland is 7 for 41 (17.1%). Everett has outshot Portland 306-252 in the series.

Game Schedule:

9/26/08 – Portland 0 @ Everett 2 1/11/09 – Everett 5 @ Portland 4 (SO)

11/19/08 – Portland 1 @ Everett 7 1/31/09 – Everett 5 @ Portland 0

11/21/08 – Portland 2 @ Everett 5 2/18/09 – Portland 3 @ Everett 7

11/28/08 – Portland 0 @ Everett 3 3/3/09 – Everett 2 @ Portland 3

1/2/09 – Everett 0 @ Portland 4 3/8/09 in Portland

All-Time vs. Everett:

Total: 63 GP – 16 (W) – 39 (L) – 4 (T) – 2 (OTL) – 2 (SOL)

At Home: 31 GP – 7-20-3-0-1 – On Road: 32 GP – 9-19-1-2-1

Portland All-Time:

Total: 2371 GP – 1144 (W) – 1060 (L) – 127 (T) – 30 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)

At Home: 1185 GP – 721-390-61-9-4 – On Road: 1186 GP – 423-670-66-21-6

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals: Luke Walker (24)

Assists: Chris Francis (42)

Points: Chris Francis (60)

Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (154)

Plus/Minus: Daniel Johnston (+2)

GAA: Kurtis Mucha (3.85)

Save Percentage: Ian Curtis (89.6%)

Power Play: 45 for 314 (14.3%) overall

Penalty Kill: 254 of 346 (73.4%) overall

Current Streaks: Chris Francis (2-3-5 in last 2); Luke Walker (1-3-4 in last 2); Troy Rutkowski (2-0-2 in last 2)

Injuries & Roster Updates: Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Brock Cornish, D, Shoulder (Indefinite); Max Brandl, F, Ankle (Day-to-Day). The Hawks have lost 180 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. Joel Ridgeway needs one game played and Stefan Schneider needs two games played to reach 100 games played in their WHL careers.

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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