First of all, I want to send out my thanks to all of the Veterans that have served both the United States and Canada on this Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the States. My father was a veteran of the Korean conflict in the U.S. Army and his service and the service of others is on my mind today.
For the Portland Winterhawks it is a day to rest up a bit as the bus rolled into Saskatoon early this morning at about 1:00 AM local time after the 5-4 overtime victory over the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre last night. There were worries of bad roads as there was a lot of snow fall in Regina yesterday, but once we got heading North, the roads improved greatly and we made good time on the trip.
The Hawks win streak now sits at 10 games and that is quite an accomplishment. The wins haven’t been easy and last night was no different as the Regina Pats played an inspired game and the Hawks had to rally with a late third period goal to force overtime. Riley Boychuk had a great game for Portland, scoring in the first period and then tying the game on a deflection of a Spencer Bennett entry pass with three minutes remaining to force OT.
In OT, Bennett was the set-up guy again, putting a nice pass from the end boards to Brad Ross in front and Ross made no mistake, shelving it over Damien Ketlo for the winner. Bennett was also awarded an assist on Boychuk’s first goal of the night after the game and finished with three assists on the night.
The Hawks will now prepare for the big game (if you believe the press hype) of the trip against the Saskatoon Blades tomorrow night at the Credit Union Center. It will be televised in Canada on Shaw TV and a big crowd is expected for the game. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, the game will not be aired on radio in Portland. You can access the Saskatoon broadcast by going to the WHL site and finding the radio links. You can listen to Les Lazaruk with the call.
Since there is no radio, I will be hosting a live blog from Saskatoon. The link for that will be put up tomorrow morning.
Some pics from last night…