More Number Crunching…

Some more numbers to chew on heading into tonight’s match-up against the Edmonton Oil Kings…

215 – Consecutive games played by Craig Cunningham in the WHL.  I believe this is the longest current active streak as the last game that Cunningham missed was way back on February 2, 2008, when the Vancouver Giants played in Everett.

249 – Career games played by Brett Ponich in the regular season.  With the ACL surgery this week, it doesn’t look like Ponich will reach game #250 unless he is sent back for his overage season (which is highly unlikely).  Ponich would have been the 20th player to reach the 250 game plateau as a Winterhawk.  Kevin Haupt tops the games played list for Portland with 326.

100 – Career games played by Nino Niederreiter as he reached the century plateau last weekend in Seattle (he needs two points to reach 100 in his career as he sits at 98).  Nino has 58 career WHL goals and needs 10 more to reach the top 50 in Winterhawks history.  Three players have scored 68 goals in their Winterhawks careers – Brent Fleetwood (in 170 career games), Kevin Griffin (in 161 career games) and Dave Waldie (in just 72 games during the 1985-86 season).  An interesting side note on Waldie – he played 158 games in the Ontario Hockey League before jumping to the WHL for his overage season…he had just 71 goals in those 158 games.

94 – The most points by a rookie import player in Winterhawks history.  That was put up by Jiri Beranek in the 1991-92 season.  Sven Bärtschi is sitting at 58 points, so catching the mark set by Beranek is a long shot, but Bärtschi could pass some other big names in the next 20 games – Richard Zednik (86 points in 1994-95), Marian Hossa (85 points in 1997-98), Andrej Podkonicky (71 points in 1996-97), Jannik Hansen (64 points in 2005-06), Jakub Klepis (64 points in 2001-02) and Nino Niederreiter (60 points in 2009-10).

18 – The number of wins when Ryan Johansen dents the twine.  The Hawks are 18-2-0-0 when the Johan scores, a winning percentage of .900.

24 – The number of wins when any Hawk scores more than one goal.  The Hawks are a combined 24-1-0-1 when any player has two or more goals.  The only losses came when Brendan Leipsic scored both goals in a 3-2 shootout loss in Tri-City in November and when Craig Cunningham scored all three goals in a 4-3 loss to Seattle on New Years Eve.

I’ll wrap with some special teams numbers…

On the power play, here are the Hawks records based on number of power plays attempted per game:

0 – 0-1-0-0

1 – 3-0-0-0

2 – 4-0-0-0

3 – 6-2-0-0

4 – 4-3-0-0

5 – 6-4-0-0

6 – 5-2-0-0

7 – 3-1-0-0

8 – 2-2-0-0

On the penalty kill, here are the Hawks records based on number of penalty kills attempted per game:

1 – 1-0-0-0

2 – 0-2-0-1

3 – 2-1-0-0

4 – 4-0-0-1

5 – 8-3-0-1

6 – 7-4-0-0

7 – 4-5-0-0

8 – 3-0-0-0

9 – 5-0-0-0

See you at the rink tonight…game time is at 7:00 with the pre-game show on Freedom 970 at 6:35…

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