Portland @ Kelowna…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Kelowna – March 11, 2009

Previous Game – Everett 0 @ Portland 2: The Portland Winter Hawks put on a gritty performance on Sunday night, receiving 19 saves from Kurtis Mucha to shutout the Everett Silvertips 2-0 in front of 5,089 at the Memorial Coliseum. The shutout was the seventh of the career of Mucha in the WHL, 2nd all-time for the Winter Hawks, and second of the season for Mucha against Everett. Mucha now has three career shutouts against the Silvertips. Chris Francis got the eventual game-winner for Portland halfway through the first period when he took a feed from Luke Walker and beat Everett goaltender Thomas Heemskerk over the blocker for his 19th goal of the season. Travis Bobbee also assisted on the play for Portland. Portland got the insurance marker early in the third period when Radim Valchar pressured Heemskerk into a turnover at the side of the Silvertips net and poking the puck just inside the post to give the Hawks a two-goal cushion. Heemskerk made 24 saves on 26 shots in the loss for Everett. On special teams, Portland went 0 for 4 on the power play while killing all four opportunities against for Everett.

Team Notes: Portland is (18-46-2-2); (12-19-2-1) at home (2-4-0-0 in Rose Garden); (6-27-0-1) on the road. The Hawks last home win was on March 8, 2-0 over Everett. The last road win was on February 10, 5-1 over Prince George.

Portland vs. Kelowna: This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams with Portland leading the season series 2-0-0-1. Portland has outscored Kelowna 10-9 in the series. Kelowna has outshot Portland 113-67. On special teams, Portland is 3 for 22 (13.6%) while Kelowna is 5 for 24 (20.8%).

Game Schedule:

9/21/08 – Kelowna 1 @ Portland 2

1/9/09 – Portland 4 @ Kelowna 5 (SO)

2/16/09 – Kelowna 3 @ Portland 4

3/11/09 @ Kelowna

All-Time vs. Kelowna: Total: 75 GP – 27 (W) – 43 (L) – 3 (T) – 1 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)

At Home: 38 GP – 19-17-2-0-0 – On Road: 37 GP – 8-26-1-1-1

Portland All-Time: Total: 2372 GP – 1145 (W) – 1060 (L) – 127 (T) – 30 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)

At Home: 1186 GP – 722-390-61-9-4 – On Road: 1186 GP – 423-670-66-21-6

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals: Luke Walker (24)

Assists: Chris Francis (42)

Points: Chris Francis (61)

Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (154)

Plus/Minus: Daniel Johnston (+2)

GAA: Kurtis Mucha (3.76)

Save Percentage: Ian Curtis (89.6%)

Power Play: 45 for 318 (14.2%) overall

Penalty Kill: 258 of 350 (73.7%) overall

Current Streaks: Chris Francis (3-3-6 in last 3); Luke Walker (1-4-5 in last 3); Colin Reddin (0-2-2 in last 2).

Injuries & Roster Updates: Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Brock Cornish, D, Shoulder (Indefinite); Max Brandl, F, Ankle (Indefinite); Tayler Jordan, F, Hand (Indefinite). The Hawks have lost 184 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. Stefan Schneider needs one game 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 (Twice)

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 (Three Times)

Last Shutout: 3/8/09 vs. Everett (Mucha, 19 Saves – 2-0 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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