The Portland Winterhawks and Spokane Chiefs play the second half of their home-and-home series tonight at the Rose Garden and we’ll see how it plays out after the way the game ended on Sunday night with a multi-fight situation. It will be the last time to take aggression out on each other for a while as they don’t face each other again until March 5th.
So far, no discipline has been announced regarding suspensions from the incident and honestly, there really shouldn’t be, in my opinion.
Brad Ross is the guy leading the charge for the Hawks in most departments lately, but offensively, he has put up 8 points in his last 5 games and is playing his normal physical, agitating self. His unbridled enthusiasm caught in the picture above is contagious and I would think that being snubbed for the NHL/CHL Prospect Game may help entice Ross to work just that much harder.
Chris Francis is nearing some milestones as he is four games shy of 250 career games played as a Hawk. If Francis plays the remainder of the games in the regular season, he will have played 279 games in a Hawk sweater, putting him 7th all-time for games played.
He is also two points away from 150, and he is now 61st in career points, moving ahead of Cam Neely in the rankings (although Neely’s 146 points came in just 91 games). Francis is now tied with Bob Foglietta, Brent Fleetwood and Josh Olson on the all-time points list with Curt Brandolini next on the list at 150 points.
Lastly, Franny needs seven more assists to reach the 100 assist mark. When he reaches that mark, he will be the 50th career Hawk to reach 100 assists in their career.
Ty Rattie had a good start to the World U17 Championships in Timmins, ON, as in the lone exhibition game for Team Pacific, Rattie was in on all three goals in a 4-3 shootout loss to Team Sweden.
Rattie set up the first goal, and then scored the final two for Pacific. He scored the tying goal in the opening minute of the third period while on the power play.
Team Pacific starts the tournament for real this morning, with a game against Team Russia at 11:00 AM PST. Russia lost their exhibition game to Team Ontario 9-1 yesterday.
Tyler Wotherspoon is also on the Pacific roster but did not hit the scoresheet yesterday.
Lastly, on New Years Eve, my partner Todd Vrooman and his Dad, the Scooter, will be hosting an on-ice post-game show with interviews with coaches and players and they want your input.
You can post questions in the comments section below or you can email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or to my email at email@example.com. Please put your first name and city on the question so they can recognize you when asking the questions.
The questions can be for the players, coaches or the Vrooman’s or about hockey in general…
See you at the RG later tonight!
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