Strong Third Leads To Win…

The Portland Winterhawks got the first three point game of his career from Taylor Peters and they scored three times in the final period to post a 5-2 win over the Kamloops Blazers.

Peters set up two goals and then scored into the empty net and as I told him after the game, deserved to be in the three stars, but his goal came a little too late to make the changes to choices already made.

Kurtis Mucha played solidly in his first return to Portland and with his minutes played, he now moves past Kyle Moir for most minutes played by a goaltender in the WHL’s history.  I guess it is fitting that he reached the milestone in the Memorial Coliseum where he has played so many games.

Missing nearly 180 points out of the lineup with Ryan Johansen, Nino Niederreiter, Brad Ross and Troy Rutkowski in Windsor, ON, the Hawks got good efforts from everyone who suited up and posted a strong outing, getting 40 shots (2o in the third period) on the Kamloops net.

Mac Carruth is starting to fight for playing time picking up his third win of the season, stopping 25 of 27 shots.

Also, Derrick Pouliot showed some flashes of things to come, not only leading rushes, but jumping into lanes and creating chances offensively while playing steady in his own zone.  He nearly scored his first career goal when his point shot bounced off the glove of Mucha and over his shoulder, but never crossed the line.

In the end, it was a good win, one the team can build on heading into a busy weekend…

Congrats to Johansen, Ross and Rutkowski for being on the winning side in the Prospects Game and to Niederreiter for finding the net (against Seattle goaltender Calvin Pickard…gotta love that) in the loss.

Here’s wishing a safe trip back to Portland in time for Friday’s night game against the streaking Everett Silvertips…

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2 Comments

  1. GREAT JOB PETERS!

    JUST WONDERING WHY THE 3 STARS HAVE TO BE PICKED THAT EARLY? IS IT A HAND WRITTEN NOTE THAT HAS TO BE DELIVERED DOWN TO ICE LEVEL? OR OK’D BY THE MAIN WHL OFFICE? SEEMS PRETTY STRANGE IN TODAYS ELECTRONIC WORLD.

  2. I try to hold off as long as possible…but the game ops folks want them with 3-4 minutes remaining…that they way they can coordinate with the hospitality staff to make sure that they grab the right players coming off the ice.

    We text them to the game ops who relays them over a walkie talkie to the staff at ice level.

    AK


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