Roster Update…

With the suspensions to Riley Boychuk (two games) and Adam Smith (one game), the Hawks have brought in 1992 born forward Tyler Parker for tonight’s game.

Parker, from Livermore, CA, has played 62 WHL games with the Everett Silvertips and Regina Pats, totaling 4-4-8 and 47 PIM’s.  He had played 12 games with the Corpus Christi IceRays of the NAHL this year, picking up one assist and 50 PIM’s.  He will wear #36 tonight for Portland.

Game time is at 8:00 at the Rose Garden with the pregame show on 95.5 The Game FM at 7:40.

Mac’s Tournament Update…

The Portland Winterhawks have eight prospects taking part in the Mac’s Midget AAA Tournament in Calgary currently…here is an update on how they have done through the Round Robin stage:

Taylor Leier (2nd Round 2009) – Saskatoon Contacts:  4 GP, 7-3-10

Branden Scheidl (4th Round 2010) – Saskatoon Contacts:  4 GP, 0-0-0

Nicolas Petan (1st Round 2010) – Greater Vancouver Canadians:  4 GP, 3-1-4

Paul Stoykewych (2nd round 2010) – Winnipeg Wild:  4 GP, 1-2-3

Adam deChamplain (10th Round 2009) – Sherwood Park J. Ennis Kings:  4 GP, 0-2-2

Adam Tambellini (List Player) – SSAC BP Athletics:  4 GP, 3-3-6

Steen Cooper (4th Round 2010) – South Island Thunderbirds:  4 GP, 1-0-1

Spencer Loverock (List Player) – South Island Thunderbirds:  4 GP, 0-0-0

 

Winterhawks 1 – Americans 5

Photo Credit - John Allen

The score may have been the same but the process was much different…

The Tri-City Americans won back-to-back games over the Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday and Wednesday by 5-1 margins, but the effort was much different for Portland in Kennewick last night than it was 24 hours earlier.

Portland got over twice as many shots at the Tri-City net (44 to 21) last night, forcing Americans goaltender Drew Owsley to make some tough saves and the Hawks hit a post or two as well.

At the other end, Keith Hamilton allowed five goals on 22 shots before being relieved by Mac Carruth after two long shots got in halfway through the second period.  Carruth stopped all 11 shots he faced.

Craig Cunningham (pictured) looked more comfortable on Wednesday night and picked up his first point in a Winterhawk sweater, setting up Ty Rattie for the Hawks only goal in the first period.

I thought last night was Jason Trott’s best game in a Hawk uniform (granted he hasn’t played much) but he played gritty, got a number of shots and even got into a late scrap with Neal Prokop.  Brayden Low and Adam Smith both played more minutes and looked more comfortable as well.  I didn’t see Smith’s elbow that he was assessed a major penalty for, but I’ll look at the archive later on today.

It was good to be on 95.5 The Game last night and we will be on there again tomorrow night against the Seattle Thunderbirds at 7:40 with the pregame show.

Winterhawks 1 – Americans 5

The post-Christmas schedule started with a thud for the Portland Winterhawks last night at the Rose Garden as the Tri-City Americans took control in the first period and never looked back, skating away with a 5-1 win.

The same two teams will do battle tonight in Kennewick at 7:00.

An early goal by Brendan Shinnimin gave the Ams the lead and then it was a bad clearing attempt by Oliver Gabriel that allowed for Marcus Messier to get a screened wrist shot home.  Less than a minute later it was Jordan Messier on a wrister to make it 3-0, still in the first period.

Gabriel would score the only Hawks goal late in the first period on an up-ice rush by Seth Swenson.  The Hawks did hit a few posts, but the Americans scored twice more to get the win.

Craig Cunningham didn’t have the greatest debut in a Hawks sweater but it is a lot to ask of a player being traded from a team where he has been for 4 1/2 years and then take the ice shortly after arriving on a plane, having not had any time to get to know his new teammates.

Our broadcast tonight will be on 95.5 The Game FM, the pre-game show starting at 6:40.

Hawks Acquire Craig Cunningham

The Portland Winterhawks pulled the trigger on a major trade this morning with the Vancouver Giants, acquiring 20 year old Craig Cunningham and a 6th round selection in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft for 20 year old forward Spencer Bennett, 18 year old forward Teal Burns, a 1st round selection in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft and a second round selection in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

Cunningham, who was the Giants Captain, was the Western Conference finalist for the WHL Player of the Year last year for Vancouver when he scored 97 points.  He had played his entire career in Vancouver, spanning 295 games in which he accumulated 222 points.  He was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round of the NHL Entry Draft this past June.  The trade was the “hardest deal” that Scott Bonner has made as GM of the Giants in his words due to Cunningham’s long term tenure with the Giants.

He will bring more scoring to the Hawks forward units, but Cunningham is a very versatile player that has played all situations, including the penalty kill, for the Giants in his career and his experience of being with a team that has made deep playoff runs in Vancouver will only help the Hawks as the team hopes to make an extended run this year.

Cunningham is expected to be in the lineup tonight for Portland and will wear #14.

Bennett and Burns are two quality players and two quality people that will get a chance to play closer to home as Bennett is from White Rock and Burns is from Victoria.  Both will get great chances to play a lot for the Giants and I wish them well.

On a side note…I feel bad for Dan Elliott, the voice of the Vancouver Giants…with the acquisition of Teal Burns, the Giants now have three players with the last name of Burns on the roster – brothers Michael and Nathan and now Teal.  Maybe Don Hay will put them on the same line…oy vey…

In other news….the World U17 tournament gets started tomorrow in Winnipeg and there was a nice preview article in the Winnipeg Sun that highlights both Derrick Pouliot and Brendan Leipsic.

I got a note from Greg Leipsic (Brendan’s father) that Pouliot has been named Captain of Team West and Leipsic has been named an Alternate Captain.  Congrats and Good Luck to both!

A Couple Photo’s…

Not much time to post today, but here are a couple photo’s from the World Junior Championships…#4 and #5 overall doing well…

(Photo by Matthew Manor/HHOF-IIHF Images)

 

(Photo by Matthew Manor/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Merry Christmas, Portland!

 

To all my readers…enjoy the Holiday Season and have a safe and happy Christmas…thanks for stopping by to read and contribute.

Merry Christmas!

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