It”s been nearly five years since the Portland Winterhawks have celebrated a victory over the Vancouver Giants in their barn (even if it wasn’t their true barn), and it feels good heading home with a hard earned 4-3 win tonight. I capture the celebration on the digital camera tonight, but the Interwebs are a bit slow on the bus and it won’t upload, so…you’ll have to wait until Monday AM to see the photo evidence.
It didn’t start off great, falling behind 2-0 less than six minutes in, but the Hawks stuck with the gameplan, and IMO, outworked the Giants the final 40 minutes to grab the win. The Luke Walker/Chris Francis/Ty Rattie continues their strong play and tonight they got help from the Nino Niederreiter/Ryan Johansen/Brad Ross line as the Hawks pounded 44 shots at the Giants net.
Mac Carruth got his third straight start and second win of the weekend in fine form and he is starting to show his comfort level in the WHL with each passing start.
There were a few players banged up tonight, but all is well heading home as we are watching our celebratory movie while rolling back down I-5 once again.
For me, it didn’t start great with a phone line malfunction at the start of the pre-game and cramped quarters and the folks in the suite next to me giving me dirty looks when calling goals, but, in the end, it was worth all of it.
It was the first regular season road win over the Giants since March 4, 2005…hopefully the next one won’t be as far off…time to settle back and watch the movie…trips home are much faster when you win…
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