They say that if you do something once, it’s an occurrence…if you do something twice, it’s a coincidence…if you do something three times, it’s a trend…what about if you do something seven times?
Well, the Portland Winterhawks have done just that, sweeping the three-game set in Spokane to give them seven consecutive victories this season at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena after holding on for a 4-3 win in Game 5 last night.
Ryan Johansen scored twice (thanks again to my wife Vicki for snapping the photo’s!) including the game winner on a goal mouth scramble in the third period to lead the Hawks attack and to propel the Hawks back home with a chance to wrap up the series on Monday night in Game 6 at the Rose Garden.
I think that if you would have done a poll of those fans leaving the Rose Garden last Sunday, with the Hawks down 0-2, I would imagine that nearly all of them would have said that they wouldn’t have expected to be back in Portland with a chance to wrap up the series on home ice. But that is what is great about this sport and this team. They are a resilient bunch who aren’t ready for this season to end.
It isn’t going to be easy…the Hawks know that Spokane has confidence on the road and playing in the Rose Garden. They will need to approach Game 6 in the same “businesslike” manner that they approached the road games. Head Coach Mike Johnston used the “businesslike” word a few times in our post-game interviews and having been around the team this week, that is a great way to describe the way they came into Spokane and the way they left.
The coaching staff had them prepared to the best of their abilities and the team executed. It wasn’t always perfect or pretty, but they got the job done…as a team…and that was a beautiful thing to watch.
I can’t wait for Game 6…
On a personal note…it was a fun week for me and Todd Vrooman and John Kirby. Three broadcasts, three wins and on three different radio stations…whew!
Thanks to everyone at Alpha Broadcasting and at KCMD, 95.5 The Game and KXL…it all ran seemlessly and smoothly and at the risk of sounding immodest…I thought they were great shows. It helps working with Todd and Kirby…they make it fun and they bring great insights.
Dean Vrooman will be back with us tomorrow night at the Rose Garden as well…
To Todd…it must be the shoes, Money! And, it is only fitting that with two Swiss players on the roster that the K-Swiss shoes were part of the weekend.
And, for a third time this week…the group hug after a win…this scene never gets old…
Talk to you on Monday night…
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