A Tale of Two Games…

It really was two different games on Sunday night at the Rose Garden with the Portland Winterhawks hosting the Spokane Games…

The first game lasted 40 minutes where scoring chances were limited and the teams combined for two goals, tied at 1-1 after two periods.

The third period was a whole different animal as the teams opened it up, playing racehorse hockey and combining for six goals to send it to overtime tied at 4-4.

It went to the shootout where the Chiefs got goals from Mitch Wahl and Kyle Beach and Portland got a single marker from Chris Francis and Spokane skates out of town with a 5-4 shootout win.

Francis led the way for the Hawks, scoring three times in regulation for his second hat trick of the season and he now has 11 goals in 14 home games this season.

Ty Rattie (pictured) assisted on all of Francis’ markers for the first three assist game of his young career.  The more I watch Rattie, the more I tend to forget that Rattie is still just a 16 year old rookie, having played just 26 career WHL games.  I like this photo of Rattie as it shows the intensity in his eyes that seem to stare through opposing players.

Rattie had the reputation of being a sniper in Bantam’s and Midget’s, but I think he will be just as much a playmaker for the Hawks for the years to come.

These same two teams will meet twice more in December, both in Spokane, on Wednesday the 16th and on Sunday the 27th.

The game on the 27th should be interesting to see who will be in the line-up as Portland could be missing Nino Niederreiter, Luke Walker, Rattie and Tyler Wotherspoon while Spokane could be missing Jared Cowen, Tyler Johnson, Mitch Holmberg and Brady Brassert, all due to holiday tournaments.

Also, that will be a long travel day for the Hawks as we will make that a day trip up to Spokane instead of leaving the day before (due to holiday travel schedules)…hope the weather is good for that one.

Next up…road games in Everett on Tuesday and then in Tri City on Saturday before returning home for another game against the Silvertips on Sunday night at the Rose Garden…

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  1. Francis was spectacular. Unfortunately Curtis was not. As the game went on he could not make the one save we needed to win this game. Most of the Chief’s long distance scoring is on the goaltender.

    Eric Doyle (the new 20 year old) was a positive force, but not enough, chalk one down to the Mucha trade.

  2. Any comment on the questionable officiating in Everett? Should I just chalk it down to there only being one ref on the ice or were the calls as one sided as they seemed?

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