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OK, my log-in still worked for the blog, so I thought I’d throw out a numbers based theme following the Hawks 9-2 win over the Chilliwack Bruins last night at the MC (highlights available at www.whl.ca and www.winterhawks.com).

5 – The point output for Brendan Leipsic last night.  After reviewing the video, an assist was added on the ninth goal for Leipsic, capping off his five-point night.  The 16 year old has been playing tremendous of late and he was rewarded last night on the score sheet for his efforts.

4 – The number of players who finished with four points.  An assist was also added for Ty Rattie on Craig Cunningham’s goal giving Rattie 2-2-4 on the night.  Cunningham (1-3-4), Bartschi (1-3-4) and Riley Boychuk (1-3-4) were the other three.  As far as I can tell, last nights game with five players with four points or more was a first in team history, but the early years when points were more prevalent, only tracked players with five points or more in a game.

12 – The combined points for the Rattie/Cunningham/Bartschi line last night.  Also, Rattie now has 12 points during a six game point streak.

11 – The combined points for the Leipsic/Taylor Peters/Boychuk line last night.  Peters now has goals in three of his last four games after having just one goal in his previous 25 games.

101 – Career points for Rattie.  He passed the 100 career point plateau last night, having picked up 101 points in 120 career WHL games, an average of .84 points per game.   Niederreiter is just three points shy of the century mark having 97 points in 98 career WHL games.

1 – The number of points for Ryan Johansen in the Hawks biggest offensive outputs this season.  He scored a short-handed goal against Prince Albert in the Hawks 8-2 win that night but didn’t hit the score sheet in an 8-6 victory in Kamloops and the 9-2 win last night.  Not to worry, the Johan has 47 points in the other 38 games that he has played in.

39 – The number of games that Bartschi has produced at least one point this season…meaning that he hasn’t registered a point in just six of the 45 games he has played in his rookie season.

16 – The number in the plus/minus column for William Wrenn after just 10 games as a Hawk.  Wrenn and Taylor Aronson were both a +5 last night, although neither registered a point.

20 – The number of victories on home ice this season (Hawks are 20-6-0-2 on home ice – 11-2-0-1 at the MC/9-4-0-1 at the RG).  This marks the 22nd time in the 35 year history that the Hawks have won at least 20 games on home ice.

11.5 – The Hawks magic number to clinch a playoff spot.  Right now, the Everett Silvertips (based on maximum points earned potential) could finish with 91 points if they went 24-0-0-0 to finish the season.  Portland has 69 points now, separating the teams by 22 points.  The 11.5 is the games either won by Portland or lost by Everett in regulation that would equal 23 points.    The Kamloops Blazers, despite being two points ahead of Everett in the standings have the fewest points potential as they have played three more games than Everett, giving them a maximum points potential of 87 points.  Confused yet?

Don’t forget the Hawks/Ams game tomorrow night will be televised on FSN live at 7:00.  The game is also on Freedom 970 with the pre-game show starting at our new time – 6:35…

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