Road Success Continues…

The Portland Winterhawks continued their strong start to the 2009-10 season with a 4-3 win last night at the Comcast Arena in Everett.  With  the win, the Hawks are now 6-1-0-0 for 12 points, 6 points up on the nearest competition in the U.S. Division.

The Hawks are now 4-1-0-0 on the road to start the year.  Two years ago, the Hawks won just 3 games all year on the road…and last year it was a total of 7.

The 6-1-0-0 start matches the Hawks best record in the past 19 years, when the 1993-94 team went 6-1-0 to start the season.  The last team to go 7-1-0 was the 1988-89 squad who started the year 9-1-0.

The Hawks five game win streak matches the longest since the Hawks won five straight from 11/20 – 12/2/2005.   The last six game win streak waas from 10/21 – 11/4/2000.  The three game win streak on the road was from 11/23 – 12/9/2005.

There were some scoring changes made after the game last night once the video was viewed:

On Portland’s first goal, the second assist was changed from Nino Niederreiter to Brad Ross.

On Portland’s second goal, a second assist was added to Troy Rutkowski.

On Portland’s fourth goal, the credit was given to Troy Rutkowski as it bounced in off an Everett d-man, Ryan Johansen was given an assist, instead of the goal.

The Hawks busy early schedule continues this weekend with the second of four three games in three night stretches when they host the Tri City Americans on Friday (7:30 at the MC), the Prince Albert Raiders (7:00 at the MC) and then back to Everett (5:00 at the Comcast Arena) on Sunday night.

Everett will once again be rested as they don’t play again until Sunday night.

The Americans hold the distinction of being the only team to knock off Portland early in the regular season.  I’m sure the Hawks will be looking for a bit of revenge but they will be tested to keep the Americans speed and offensive abilities of their top forwards to a minimum.

The Ams come in at 3-2-0-0, tied for second in the U.S. Division.

The Raiders, who are coached and GM’d by former Winterhawk goaltender Bruno Campese, make their lone appearance in Portland for two years on Saturday.  The Hawks owe them one as well as the Raiders trounced the Hawks 7-0 last year in PA.

Be sure to come out to both games this weekend and bid on the silent auction items that will raise funds for the family of Tanner Hubbs, who suffered a serious injury at a grad party this summer in Alberta, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.

Visit the Hawks website for more details.

Also, the Hawks will be honoring long-time PA announcer Dan Folwick on Saturday night.

Hope to see you all at the MC this weekend!

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