– What a game that was…two quality teams going toe-to-toe and it took an extra 3:40 to decide the outcome. It is a shame we only see Red Deer once in the regular season and it’s a shame the Rebel fans don’t get to see Portland in their barn. I understand why the schedule is the way it is…but it’s games like these against Eastern Conference teams that makes me yearn for more games against them.
– Derrick Pouliot (pictured) scored his first career WHL goal in the first period and it was a dandy. Filling the lane on an odd-man rush, taking a pass from Brad Ross and finishing with flair on Darcy Kuemper to break the early game pressure by the Rebels. It was first, but I have a feeling it will be the first of many for Pouliot.
– What can you say about Taylor Aronson? I’ve said it before, he doesn’t score often, but when he does it makes them count. That was career goal #7 for Aronson…six have been game winners, the other was an insurance goal in a game when he scored the winner.
– I don’t complain much about calls (at least publicly!) but the goaltender interference call on Ryan Johansen that negated a second period call ranks up there for missed calls in a while. Brett Iverson had a bad angle on the play and made the call after Johansen bumped Kuemper (that is hard for me to type with the extra “u” added). Too bad that the puck had entered the goal prior to the bump. In the end, it didn’t matter, but if the Hawks lose 3-2, the complaining would be much more pronounced from the Rose City.
– On a similar note, I thought the penalty shot call in OT was a bit suspect as well. I thought the d-men did a nice job of cutting the angle on Brad Ross and while Ross went to the ice, it could have been a non-call IMO in that situation. Again, in the end, it didn’t matter, so I guess it evens out.
– In the battle of the top two picks in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, both Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ty Rattie finish with one assist. Rattie’s was the biggest of the two as it set up Sven Bärtschi for the tying goal in the final three minutes.
– Quietly, Joe Morrow finished +4 on the night while Johansen went +3. Both finished with no points.
– Oliver Gabriel’s second period goal was the 10,600th in the history of the Hawks…they now sit at 10,602 all time.
– Mac Carruth picked up his seventh win of the year and remains ahead of Kuemper in the race for the league lead in goals against average and save percentage despite giving up two goal on the first three shots he faced tonight. He stopped 31 of the next 32 to get the win.
– Next up, the Everett Silvertips on Saturday night at 7:00 at the MC…hope to see you there!