Greasy Win…

BoychukOne of the terms you hear a lot around hockey players is the term “greasy”…as in a greasy goal or a greasy win…it usually describes a hard-working, ugly type of play that ends in a good result.

I think last night, the term greasy applies to the Hawks come from behind 3-2 victory over the Kelowna Rockets.

The Hawks welcomed Riley Boychuk (pictured left) back to the line-up after missing three games with an upper body injury and he potted the winner as he finished off a feed from Ty Rattie early in the third period.  Rattie made the play possible with a nice up ice rush and a deke through a Rockets d-man at the blue line to create the two-on-one that led to the goal.

It was definitely an ugly start as the Hawks looked rusty after not playing for the past week and the Rockets took it to them in the first five minutes, scoring twice to take a 2-0 lead.

After that, I thought goaltender Kurtis Mucha played well and the Hawks got a big power play goal from Ryan Johansen to cut the lead in half at the end of the first period.

Luke Walker’s goal, the 50th of his WHL career, was the definition of greasy as there was some confusion between Rockets goaltender Chad Ketting and d-man Antoine Corbin and the puck set loose in the crease long enough for Walker to hack it in to the tie the score late in the second.

Ketting, in just his second WHL start, played pretty well for the Rockets, but the Hawks didn’t test him as much as I’m sure Head Coach Mike Johnston would have liked.

For Mucha, in the third period he made the 6,000th save of his WHL career, and he continues to move up the all-time list for career appearances, minutes played and saves made in the WHL record book.

Next up, the Chilliwack Bruins tonight…the Bruins come in having lost three straight games, including a 5-2 loss to the Red Deer Rebels last night.

Game time is 5:00 in the Rose Garden…

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  1. I loved last night’s game. This team is obviously going through a tough stretch offsenively and it’s nice to see them grit out a win with hustle and tenacity. Those things should never slump.

    Also nice to see TC get spanked last night once again, and against a team which by all means had no business doing it.


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