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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6 Comments

  1. Thanks as always for updates & game notes, Andy. Appreciate being able to get up to date info on the boys — particularly when they are away. Safe travels….

  2. I was at this game and unfortunately it was scout night which made for an annoying two intermissions but it didn’t take my focus away from the sloppy yet precise play of the hawks. They failed to pass as crisp as in previous games but they definitely came out strong putting Everett in it’s place for the second time in a row, let alone after playing two previous games in a row. They may not be the best this year but with every game I go to they show more and more potential for a strong season next year. What with the very young roster Portland has now, after the end of this season I feel Portland can really put their skills to good use in the 09-10 season. I heard recently that the Hawks aren’t out of the playoff race mathematically, so maybe they’ll pull something miraculous before Sunday. We’ll see.

    p.s. I believe Ty Rattie is a strong addition to the team and a smart move in terms of the future of the team.

  3. We gave up 52 shots tonight (did we dress any D men ) thats pathetic your not gonna win if you give up that many shots in a game I mean come thats like 1.15 shots per minute I sure hope we play better this Saturday is going to be a long night with a huge crowd on hand

  4. Actually Chuck…it was 51 shots and that figures to be 0.85 shots per minute…but I was told there would be no math.

    AK

  5. First of all:

    Adam thank you for your post but I know you don’t follow the Hawks, they have not been in the playoff hunt for some time, including the past month of this season

    Second. who cares if its 51 or 52 shots the Hawks gave up, its way too many for a young team to overcome even on the home ice and especially on the road.

    3 games left ….. I would love to get a hat trick to finish off the year strong and maybe, just maybe build something for 09-10 year.

  6. Second of all:

    I read that on the Hawks website so before you go insulting me I would check your facts (it was a post right around the time they posted the article about the pick up of Rattie).


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