The Portland Winterhawks don’t have any time to dwell on their first home-ice loss of the season, 3-1 to the Tri City Americans last night, as they are right back in action at the MC tonight against the Prince Albert Raiders.
There was some concern about a home game let down after coming in on a five game winning streak, including three straight on the road against Spokane, Kamloops and Everett. I’m not sure if was a let down or just a solid road performance by the Americans.
The Ams used their speed to their advantage, forcing the Hawk at every opportunity all over the ice and the Hawks, last night at least, couldn’t keep up with the smaller Ams. The line of Brendan Shinnimin/Adam Hughesman/Johnny Lazo once again had a great game against the Hawks as they are responsible for six of the seven goals scored for Tri City in their two wins over Portland.
For Portland, the line of Brad Ross/Ryan Johansen/Nino Niederreiter (two R’s, one T) once again led the charge, scoring the Hawks lone goal in the game. All three players sit at 3 goals/4 assists for 7 points on the season through 8 games.
The other downside last night was the string of four straight minor penalties in the second half of the third period that had the Hawks killing penalties for seven and a half consecutive minutes, thwarting any chance of mounting steady offensive pressure. I don’t have an issue with any of the calls and hopefully the Hawks will learn from this experience.
Tonight, the Prince Albert Raiders come in off a 5-2 loss to the Spokane Chiefs last night and they are 4-5-0-0 after nine games this year.
They are led by Euro forward Igor Revenko who is riding a seven game point streak (10 points in that stretch) heading into the match-up tonight.
In their lone meeting last year, Steven Stanford (recently traded to Saskatoon) stopped 24 shots in a 7-0 Raider win in PA.
The last Hawk win against the Raiders was back on November 25, 2005…a 2-0 win at the MC that was the first career WHL shutout for Kurtis Mucha.
Lastly, from the absurd stat of the day file…
With the loss last night, the Hawks have now gone 0-3 in games played at home on October 9th in their history. The date marks the only date in October when the Hawks have not won at least once at home. All-time, the Hawks are 1-8-0-0-0 on October 9th, the lone win coming on October 9, 1992…an 8-2 win in Kamloops. (The Hawks all-time record at home in October is 127-52-14-0-1.)
In case you’re wondering, on October 10th, the Hawks are 5-5-1-0-0, including 4-3-0-0-0 at home…
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