Big Win…

At the end of the second period last night, I sat in the press box during a commercial break and thought that the Portland Winterhawks deserved a little better fate than trailing 2-1 after 40 minutes.

Well…they went out in third period and earned their better fate with the attack of the 92’s leading the charge as the “four letter word” line of Ryan Johansen (pictured – courtesy Bryan Heim), Nino Niederreiter and Brad Ross combined for four goals to lead the Hawks to a hard earned 5-3 win over the Everett Silvertips.

Johansen wound up with four points in the third period on one goal and three assists while both Ross and Niederreiter chipped in a goal and two assists in the final period for a combined 10 points in 20 minutes for the trio.

The four points in the period are the most for any Hawk dating back farther than the 2002-03 season.  The gamesheets aren’t loaded on the WHL site prior to that but the two most likely candidates for a four point period are when Marcel Hossa posted 3-4-7 in a 10-5 win over Tri City on 1/16/01 or when Brenden Morrow had 3-3-6 in a 8-3 win over Kootenay on 2/28/99.

The win was also the 19th of the season for Portland, matching their total of the 2008-09 season with 41 games remaining.  It also helped Portland stay ahead of Spokane (although the Chiefs have four games in hand on Portland) and extend their lead over Everett (who also have four games in hand) in the tight U.S. Division race.

Other stuff from last night…

— Eric Doyle’s goal was his first as a Winterhawk and the first he has scored against his former team and it winds up the game winner.

— Mac Carruth not only picked up his first win in the WHL, stopping 19 of 22 shots, but he also picked up his first career WHL point, assisting on Johansen’s empty netter to seal the victory.

— The 5 goals scored by Portland matches the most the Hawks have ever scored against Everett in their 67 game history.  The Hawks have scored 5 goals against Everett three times.

— With his 4 penalty minutes last night, Tayler Jordan is now over 400 penalty minutes in his WHL career, sitting at 403.

—  With a 19-12-0-0 record after 31 games, it is the Hawks best record at this point in the season since the Memorial Cup winning season of 1997-98 when the Hawks were 23-7-1 after 31 games.

— Next up, the Hawks host the Spokane Chiefs, who also have Saturday night off, on Sunday night at the Rose Garden…game time is 5:00…

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2 Comments

  1. Andy do we dare rename the Boychuk,Schnieder,Jordan line the “new Cement mixers?! love the effort these guy’s put out!

  2. A fine effort by Johansen.

    Other Stuff,

    How about the puck that split in two pieces. That was unique and memorable.
    Just curious about what would the rule book states if one half of the puck would have went into a goal — would they have given a .5 on the score board.


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