Portland @ Seattle…Game Notes…

Hawks Notes: Portland @ Seattle – March 13, 2009

Previous Game – Portland 2 @ Kelowna 6: The Kelowna Rockets got two goals from Mikael Backlund, and they knock off the Portland Winter Hawks by a score of 6-2 at the Prospera Place in Kelowna on Wednesday night. Tyson Barrie got the scoring going for Kelowna with a power play point shot through a screen six minutes into the contest. Portland tied it with a power play goal of their own, with Brad Ross filing home a centering pass from Killian Hutt seven minutes later. Colin Reddin also assisted on the goal for Portland. Backlund then scored back-to-back goals, the first late in the first period and the second halfway through the middle frame, both on odd-man rushes through center. Lucas Bloodoff scored in the final minute off a centering pass from Colin Long to make it a 4-1 lead after two periods for Kelowna. Portland got their second power play goal of the game five minutes into the third when Radim Valchar and Luke Walker set up Chris Francis for a tip-in for Francis’ 20th goal of the season. Kelowna scored two late goals, one by Jamie Benn and the other by Cody Almond, to provide the final margin. Despite giving up six goals, Portland got a solid goaltending night from 16 year old rookie Keith Hamilton, who made 45 saves on 51 shots in his first start since November 22. Mark Guggenberger made 25 saves to get the victory for Kelowna. On special teams, Portland finished 2 for 7 on the power play while killing three of four chances against.

Team Notes: Portland is (18-47-2-2); (12-19-2-1) at home (2-4-0-0 in Rose Garden); (6-28-0-1) 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. Seattle: This is the 11th of 12 meetings between the two teams. Seattle leads the season series 8-2-0-0. Portland is 4 for 38 (10.5%) on the power play while Seattle is 10 for 41 (24.4%). Seattle has outshot Portland 342-285 in the series.

Game Schedule:

10/11/08 – Seattle 4 @ Portland 0 11/22/08 – Portland 2 @ Seattle 6

11/29/09 – Seattle 5 @ Portland 3 12/6/08 – Seattle 3 @ Portland 1

12/27/08 – Portland 5 @ Seattle 1 12/31/08 – Seattle 2 @ Portland 4

1/24/09 – Portland 1 @ Seattle 3 2/14/09 – Portland 1 @ Seattle 7

2/21/09 – Seattle 4 @ Portland 3 2/28/09 – Portland 3 @ Seattle 5

3/13/09 @ Seattle 3/14/09 @ Portland

All-Time vs. Seattle:

Total: 411 GP – 214 (W) – 167 (L) – 23 (T) – 6 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)

At Home: 205 GP – 127-67-8-3-0 – On Road: 206 GP – 87-100-15-3-1

Portland All-Time:

Total: 2373 GP – 1145 (W) – 1061 (L) – 127 (T) – 30 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)

At Home: 1186 GP – 722-390-61-9-4 – On Road: 1187 GP – 423-671-66-21-6

Regular Season Leaders:

Goals: Luke Walker (24)

Assists: Chris Francis (42)

Points: Chris Francis (62)

Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (154)

Plus/Minus: Daniel Johnston (+1)

GAA: Kurtis Mucha (3.76)

Save Percentage: Ian Curtis (89.6%)

Power Play: 47 for 325 (14.5%) overall

Penalty Kill: 261 of 354 (73.7%) overall

Current Streaks: Chris Francis (4-3-7 in last 4); Luke Walker (1-5-6 in last 4); Colin Reddin (0-3-3 in last 3); Radim Valchar (1-1-2 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 188 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.

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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4 Comments

  1. How many games to injuries did we lose the last two seasons? This year definitely seems to be a lesser amount but I couldn’t remember the previous totals for sure…

  2. glad I paid for the pay-per-view

    hawks win! hawks win!

  3. Well I called my shot tonight, and the Hawks delivered with an outstanding 9-1 victory against the hated T-birds. I just had a strange feeling the Hawks were going to win, and win they did indeed.

    The Hawks were quicker, faster, and all in all a lot more hungier than the T-birds and had better goaltending and a better special teams. This might be the best the hawks have played in a couple of years, a complete game. They made crisp passes. It was great to see Brad Ross come away with a great game and for Luke Walker to score his 25th of the year.

    I hope all the fans will stay up late to listen to the broadcast, I guarantee Andy will have a happy trip back. Too bad it was tape delayed, i don’t think fans will stay up to listen, I hope I am wrong.

    The T-birds just quit, looked like they wanted to lose and were content to have the 6th seed and play Kelowna or Spokane, instead of fight for a higher seed. Bad Karma gentlemen. Please don’t take anything away from the Hawks, the bus ride well be a very short one tonight. I expect the T-birds to come out tomorrow with a little more fight, but if the Hawks play anywhere near how they played tonight, the Hawks will come away with 2 more points.

  4. wow what a difference one game makes I sure hope we come out the same way tonight


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