Preseason Game Thoughts…

Well…for the majority of the game, the Portland Winterhawks dominated territorially, as evident by the 46-23 edge in shots, but in the end, the Seattle Thunderbirds skated away with a 4-2 win.

The common perception is that preseason games are more about the process than the result and I was pretty happy with the process the Hawks used last night.  Good speed, especially from the defense, and a strong forecheck kept Seattle bottled up most of the night.

Special teams are always a bit of a crap shoot early in the preseason as there isn’t a lot of focus put on them in the early part of training camp and they were the difference last night as Seattle went 3 for 10 on the man advantage while Portland went 1 for 9.

Kyle Jahraus made a case to stick with Seattle as a 19 year old, stopping 44 of 46 in the win.  Jahraus had a 4.80 GAA in the SJHL last year but he seems to play better in the WHL.  He has played just under 100 regular season minutes in the WHL and has not allowed a goal.  Go figure…

I think a week of practicing and scrimmaging against teammates had both teams eager to take out frustrations on an actual opponent as both sides took some undisciplined penalties.  I would expect those to lessen as the preseason advances.

The second period scrum in front of the Seattle bench should have never taken as long as it did to sort out by referee Jason Nissen.  It probably hurt the Hawks as they had the definite momentum rolling and then Seattle scored just nine seconds after play resumed 10 minutes after the scrum and they played better after that.

Did Joe Morrow’s shot go in and out late in the third period?  In the regular season, video review could be used as that will now be in effect in the WHL this season.

All in all….a solid performance, if not the desired result, for the Hawks in their opening preseason game of 2009-10.  Next up is the Everett tournament starting Friday morning…I’ll have full reports from Everett next weekend.

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  1. What happen to Hutt? Was he sent home

  2. I was very pleased with the play last night, I was shocked to see so many offensive defensmen on the ice but I guess they were on a bit of a longer leash with this only being a preseason game. I thought for sure the hawks had this game in the bag until a few unsavory deflections slipped into the corners of our net. I was still extremely pleased to see how crisp the passes were and how sleek the stickhandling was.

    I was sitting up in 63 64 right next to the seattle net and that puck definitely hit the top of the net and bounced out, I’m positive, I can’t believe with how close that ref was that he couldn’t see what I had clearly witnessed.

    p.s. the penalties were probably the only thing that didn’t go our way in that game, those seattle goals were totally avoidable but I think with the time the ref took to sort them out he game seattle the right amount of time to get their heads together and use the recent battles in their favor. Disappointing.

  3. Hutt is currently injured…he is still with the team.

  4. Andy what happened to the radio broadcast? I tried all around 96.5 fm

  5. Jim,
    not sure why you weren’t able to get it…there were a few people who came up to the booth and said they heard it great.


  6. is sawyer mick still with the team??

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