A very entertaining game last night at the Rose Garden as the Portland Winterhawks got their first victory of the season over the Seattle Thunderbirds. It wasn’t easy as both teams played hard and battled for every puck.
The goaltending at both ends was superb as Mac Carruth and Calvin Pickard combined to stopped 67 of 69 shots in regulation time before Portland found a way to solve Pickard twice in the shootout to get the victory.
The two shootout goals were dandy’s as Ty Rattie went backhand to the blocker side top shelf in the opening round and then 16 year old Brendan Leipsic sealed the victory with a roofed backhand to the glove side. Mike Johnston showed some confidence by choosing Leipsic to shoot the third chance for Portland and the kid didn’t looked nervous at all as he drove wide in on Pickard. It was a similar move that Leipsic used against Brandon Anderson and Lethbridge on a penalty shot earlier in the season.
Carruth continues to play incredibly well early in the season, giving up just two goals in the last three games. The two have been the result of a flukey bounce off of Geordie Wudrick’s skate in Kelowna and a shot by Colin Jacobs last night that deflected in off of Taylor Peters on an attempted blocked shot while shorthanded.
On the offensive side of things, Rattie and Sven Bärtschi both extended their point streaks to seven games. Rattie’s power play goal in the second period was set up by a tremendous cross-ice pass from Joe Morrow who now has five assists in his five games played for Portland.
Some statistical notes about the win:
– the win was # 1200 all time for Portland in team history.
– of the 1200 wins, 228 (19%) have come against Seattle.
– with the win, the Hawks are now 7-0-0-0 all-time in home games played on October 22nd.
The Hawks now have a full week to practice and get ready for the back-to-back home games against the Kelowna Rockets next weekend…