First Half Comparison…

As I mentioned yesterday, the 5-4 win for the Portland Winterhawks over the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday was the 36th game of the season for the Hawks, officially reaching the halfway point of the season.  Here is a comparison of the first 36 games of 2010-11 versus the same number of games from 2009-10.

The Hawks have earned 53 points, going 25-8-0-3 in the first half.  This is tied for the third most points accumulated by any Winterhawk (or Winter Hawk) team in their history.  The 1997-98 Memorial Cup winners posted the most points in the first half with 55 (27-7-1) while three other years had 54 points – 1982-83 (27-9-0), 1993-94 (27-9-0) & 1996-97 (26-8-2).  The 1980-81 squad also had 53 points (26-9-1) in the first half.

A breakdown of the numbers:

Record:

2009-10 — 22-13-0-1 (45 points)

2010-11 — 25-8-0-3 (53 points)

Goals For:

2009-10 — 136 (3.77/game)

2010-11 — 143 (3.97/game)

Goals Against:

2009-10 — 125 (3.47/game)

2010-11 — 108 (3.00/game)

Shots For:

2009-10 — 1235 (34.31/game)

2010-11 — 1258 (34.94/game)

Shots Against:

2009-10 — 1208 (33.56/game)

2010-11 — 1284 (35.67/game)

Power Play:

2009-10 — 36 for 172 – 20.9%

2010-11 — 39 for 163 – 23.9%

Penalty Kill:

2009-10 — 153 of 197 – 77.7%

2010-11 — 180 of 213 – 84.5%

Shorthanded Goals:

2009-10 — 6 for/3 against

2010-11 — 5 for/4 against

Individual Players:

2 – Troy Rutkowski

2009-10 — 36 GP, 7-18-25, 49 PIM, +2

2010-11 — 36 GP, 5-19-24, 29 PIM, +9

6 – Brett Ponich

2009-10 — 34 GP, 1-9-10, 42 PIM, +1

2010-11 — 35 GP, 0-11-11, 50 PIM, +23

7 – Joe Morrow

2009-10 — 31 GP, 1-13-14, 29 PIM, +14

2010-11 — 25 GP, 2-17-19, 25 PIM, +3

8 – Ty Rattie

2009-10 — 30 GP, 6-12-18, 10 PIM, +2

2010-11 — 36 GP, 16-30-46, 29 PIM, +12

11 – Oliver Gabriel

2009-10 — 4 GP, 0-1-1, 0 PIM, Even

2010-11 — 32 GP, 9-18-27, 30 PIM, +4

16 – Spencer Bennett

2009-10 — 35 GP, 12-8-20, 27 PIM, -6

2010-11 — 36 GP, 12-9-21, 26 PIM, +6

17 – Riley Boychuk

2009-10 — 30 GP, 10-7-17, 64 PIM, +5

2010-11 — 33 GP, 9-8-17, 74 PIM, -3

18 – Brad Ross

2009-10 — 36 GP, 16-19-35, 91 PIM, +15

2010-11 — 32 GP, 14-15-29, 79 PIM, +14

19 – Ryan Johansen

2009-10 — 36 GP, 11-22-33, 21 PIM, +7

2010-11 — 31 GP, 17-19-36, 26 PIM, +17

22 – Nino Niederreiter

2009-10 — 36 GP, 21-18-39, 48 PIM, +9

2010-11 — 23 GP, 13-13-26, 27 PIM, +8

23 – Seth Swenson

2009-10 — 20 GP, 0-1-1, 0 PIM, -6

2010-11 — 23 GP, 0-3-3, 23 PIM, +4

25 – Taylor Peters

2009-10 — 4 GP, 0-0-0. 4 PIM, -1

2010-11 — 36 GP, 3-5-8, 41 PIM, +4

26 – Tyler Wotherspoon

2009-10 — 20 GP, 1-1-2, 6 PIM, +4

2010-11 — 29 GP, 0-6-6, 41 PIM, -1

37 – Taylor Aronson

2009-10 — 36 GP, 2-12-14, 35 PIM, +1

2010-11 — 36 GP, 3-15-18, 38 PIM, +19

55 – Tayler Jordan

2009-10 — 31 GP, 1-2-3, 85 PIM, +2

2010-11 — 36 GP, 2-4-6, 71 PIM, +3

31 – Mac Carruth

2009-10 — 4 GP, 1-3-0-0, 4.91 GAA, .836 save %

2010 – 11 — 25 GP, 16-6-0-1, 2.83 GAA, .919 save %

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5 Comments

  1. Haven’t the Hawks had 5 short handed goal’s because Johansen has 2(I know the first one was a 6 on 4 empty netter but still), Gabriel has 1, Rutkowski has 1, and Peters has also scored 1.

  2. Yep, I just reversed the numbers…I’ll make the correction.

    Thanks Stephanie!

    AK

  3. SO WAS PONICH PRESSING TOO MUCH LAST SEASON TO SHOW ST LOUIS? HE IS VASTLY IMPROVED!!!!! TO THIS POINT ANYWAYS…

  4. Here are some observations that I’ve made over the first half of the season (In person for 11 home games, listened to the radio broadcast for most of the others)… And my data’s been taken from the 36 WHL game summary’s, so if I’ve fat fingered one or two numbers, I apologize in advance…

    I’ve noticed that we tend to start games/periods flat footed, probably the best example of this that I saw in person was the Airplane Toss night against Everett where they took it to us the first 10 mins of the game and created dozens of unforced turnovers. We eventually turned it around (thanks to Gabriel and his amazing two goals) and won 4-2, but it made me think if there was anything in the numbers to back my assesment. I went back and counted up all the goals scored in the first 5 mins of either a game or a period (excluding OT) to see if this would back my observation, which was inconclusive… (Goals for 27, Goals against 23) I also attempted to figure out if we “won” in those 5 mins of each period or not, which didn’t lead to anything either (W:13 L:9 T:14)

    But the real win was looking at who scored first. In our 36 games, we’ve only scored first in 15 of them. That means that in 58% of our games we’ve found ourselves down 1-0. And if I look at our 14 games where we’ve either lost (8) or gone into extra time (6), we’ve only scored first in 3 of them (Regina, Chilliwack, & Kootney). But in the 21 games where the other team has scored first, we’ve come back to win 10 of them outright, and an additional 2 in either OT or a shootout. So the stats vet out to that we have a tendency to go behind early, but fight back to win. We just need to work on getting into the groove earlier and keep the pressure on the opponent.

  5. Without all the stats, you get the feeling that they are always starting games and periods slow. They need to dictate the play and play physical. We have a BIG team and we need to impose our size on the smaller teams in this league. We are hugely talented but it doesn’t mean anything without effort and physicality. We can gain extra time and extra steps if we intimidate other teams in the first 10 minutes. I noticed a chippy Kamloops team got us off our game. That can’t happen.

    I know its a long season but I hope that we can begin the second half of the season like its the beginning of the playoffs.

    I think the guys need to see a video of the final series against Spokane and the Memorial Cup in ’98. That team was focused and rarely took a period off. Similar to this team, we have role players and expectations of each individual.

    Just my opinion.


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