The Portland Winterhawks finished out the pre-Christmas schedule with a 4-2 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds last night at the ShoWare Center in Kent, WA.
Despite the outcome, the Hawks played a pretty good game, throwing 52 shots at the Seattle net and if not for a couple missed opportunities it could have been a different outcome. Both Tayler Jordan and Brendan Leipsic had good looks with Calvin Pickard out of position, but both missed the net.
Seattle played a bend, don’t break style and they capitalized when they got their opportunities, going 2 for 2 on the power play. Brenden Dillon had four assists on the night for Seattle to lead the way and I can remember a time last year where there was debate on whether or not Dillon should return as an overage in Seattle…I think he has proven his worth this year.
The Hawks certainly missed Ryan Johansen, Sven Bartschi and Nino Niederreiter but they created enough offensive looks to win the game. While only going shorthanded twice on the night was a plus, both penalties were after the whistle, silly penalties and those are the ones that usually cost a team.
Nicolas Petan had a solid first WHL game as a call-up, showing good patience with the puck to set up Troy Rutkowski’s goal in the third period for his first career WHL point. He isn’t the biggest body, but played gritty and wasn’t afraid to get into board battles. He has good speed and skill and looks to be a very good prospect moving forward.
For Todd and I, it was a frustrating night with phone line issues that we fought through all night. Our apologies to our listeners, but it was pretty much out of our control.
Now it is the holiday break…I’m going to take the time off from blogging as well…unless there is something to report on…have a great break readers…and thanks for taking time to visit the blog.