Hard to believe that we are at Game 72…is it August yet?
Hawks Notes: Chilliwack @ Portland – March 15, 2009
Previous Game – Seattle 4 @ Portland 3 (OT): The Seattle Thunderbirds rallied from an early two-goal deficit and defeated the Portland Winter Hawks in overtime in front of 9,433 at the Memorial Coliseum. Jeremy Boyer deflected in a Thomas Hickey entry shot on the power play just 44 seconds into the extra session to get the winner for Seattle. Portland came out of the game blazing, getting a goal from Riley Boychuk just 34 seconds into the first period on a wrist shot from between the circles. Less than a minute later, Killian Hutt scored on a three-on-one rush, set up by Chris Francis on a tremendous passing play and Portland led 2-0 with under two minutes played in the game. Seattle’s Jim O’Brien scored the first of his two goals later in the first period on a goalmouth scramble to cut the lead in half at the end of one period. O’Brien bounced a shot in off of two Hawk defensemen early in the second period to tie the score at 2-2. Seattle took their first lead when Hickey finished off a three-on-one short-handed rush for Seattle, poking a feed from Greg Scott past Kurtis Mucha. Portland tied the score when Oliver Gabriel made a nice individual play to take the puck from the corner, driving to the front of the net and putting a backhand shot under the pad of Calvin Pickard just over five minutes into the third period. Seattle would get a late power play in the third period but couldn’t score before the end of regulation. Mucha would finish the night with 30 saves on 34 shots for Portland while Pickard stopped 24 of 27 for Seattle. On special teams, Portland went 0 for 4 on the power play while Seattle finished 1 for 2.
Team Notes: Portland is (19-47-3-2); (12-19-3-1) at home (2-4-0-0 in Rose Garden); (7-28-0-1) on the road. The Hawks last home win was on March 8, 2-0 over Everett. The last road win was on March 13, 9-1 over Seattle.
Portland vs. Chilliwack: This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season. Chilliwack leads the season series 2-0-0-1. Portland has outshot Chilliwack 97-88 in the series. On special teams in the series, Portland is 1 for 10 (10.0%) while Chilliwack is 3 for 20 (15.0%).
11/18/08 – Portland 0 @ Chilliwack 2
2/24/09 – Chilliwack 1 @ Portland 2 (SO)
3/7/09 – Portland 3 @ Chilliwack 5
3/15/09 – Chilliwack @ Portland
All-Time vs. Chilliwack:
Total: 12 GP – 5 (W) – 6 (L) – 0 (T) – 0 (OTL) – 1 (SOL)
At Home: 6 GP – 4-2-0-0-0 – On Road: 6 GP – 1-4-0-0-1
Total: 2375 GP – 1146 (W) – 1061 (L) – 127 (T) – 31 (OTL) – 10 (SOL)
At Home: 1187 GP – 722-390-61-10-4 – On Road: 1188 GP – 424-671-66-21-6
Regular Season Leaders:
Goals: Luke Walker (26)
Assists: Chris Francis (44)
Points: Chris Francis (65)
Penalty Minutes: Tayler Jordan (154)
Plus/Minus: Tyler Wotherspoon (+2)
GAA: Ian Curtis (3.73)
Save Percentage: Ian Curtis (90.1%)
Power Play: 49 for 332 (14.8%) overall
Penalty Kill: 268 of 362 (74.0%) overall
Current Streaks: Chris Francis (5-5-10 in last 6); Killian Hutt (1-3-3 in last 3); Oliver Gabriel (2-1-3 in last 2); Stefan Schneider (1-2-3 in last 2); Riley Boychuk (1-1-2 in last 2); Travis Bobbee (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); Taylor Peters, F, Knee (Indefinite). The Hawks have lost 196 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 2 assists to reach 100 in his WHL career.
Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:
Most Goals Scored: 9 (3/13/09 @ Seattle, 9-1 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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