Even after dropping Game 2 to the Spokane Chiefs last night at the Rose Garden, the Portland Winterhawks awoke this morning knowing that they still have an opportunity to go to Spokane and try to wrestle their way back into the opening round playoff series with Game 3 coming up on Wednesday night.
While the Chiefs took a stranglehold on the series by winning both games in Portland, the Hawks know that they have had success at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane and they can hopefully build off that confidence and make a series out of what was a disappointing weekend result at home on the ice.
Off the ice, I thought there were two very good first round crowds and it was great to feel the playoff vibe back in Portland.
For Portland to be successful they need to find a way to create more traffic around James Reid and get more offensive production from the forward lines. In the series, four of the six goals have been scored by defensemen and only one goal of the six has been scored from within five feet of the goal, and that was Taylor Aronson’s power play goal in the first period of Game 1.
On a personal note, I wanted to say how much fun it was to have the full playoff radio crew of myself, Todd and Dean Vrooman and John Kirby working the two games this weekend. While I battled through a nasty cough and sinus issues all weekend, it was great to work with these guys and hopefully the fans enjoyed the end product.
This week in Spokane, Todd will join me in the booth and Kirby will be on the roving wireless microphone in the Spokane Arena providing his insights into the action and post-game interviews.
Our pre-game show on Wednesday starts at 6:40 on Freedom 970 KCMD.
More from Spokane later this week…