Well, the finish last night wasn’t what the Portland Winterhawks wanted, but looking back at the game, the Hawks did a lot right and to come from behind twice to earn at least one point is a positive.
The Hawks certainly generated enough chances and despite being held off the scoresheet, I was impressed (again) by the line of Ty Rattie/Chris Francis/Luke Walker. They continue to be a dominant line for the Hawks and they set the tone a lot of nights for the Hawks.
Also, the Oliver Gabriel/Stefan Schneider/Riley Boychuk were very good last night as well, scoring twice. Gabriel has been steady, if not spectacular, since returning from his spleen injury, posting 16 points in 24 games, which, if averaged over a 72 game season would be 48 points. Fairly impressive from a so-called third line guy.
Looking at the season series record, I guess both teams can say that they “won” the series as both teams went 2-1-1-0 with each team winning in overtime once. In essence, both teams pick up five points in the four games for an unconventional “split” of the series. Portland did outshoot Kamloops 181-111 in the four games.
Speaking of shots, the Hawks have now generated over 40 shots for three straight games.
Now it is time to move forward and get ready for Seattle for the home-and-home this weekend…the Hawks magic number to at least tie for a playoff spot is 5 wins or Seattle losses…two wins this weekend and the number drops to 1.
See you at the Garden tomorrow night…
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