Winterhawks – Rockets Series Preview…

Portland Winterhawks


Kelowna Rockets

Round 2 – Western Conference Semi-Finals

With the Spokane Chiefs elimination of the Chilliwack Bruins on Saturday night in Spokane, it means that the Portland Winterhawks will take on the Kelowna Rockets in the 2nd Round of the WHL Playoffs, starting on Thursday night at the Rose Garden.

If you believe the writings of Kelowna Rockets broadcaster Regan Bartel, then some may think that it will take an effort of biblical proportions for the Rockets to knock off the Hawks and advance to the Western Conference Final.   I really don’t think that the series is stacked that much in Portland’s favor and I’m sure that Ryan Huska will have his team well prepared for Game 1 on Thursday night.

Here is a preview of the series:

2010-11 Season Series:

Portland won the season series by a margin of 3-1-0-0 with all three of their victories coming in the Month of October.  The Hawks won their two home games, on back-to-back nights, on October 29 and 30 by margins of 4-2 and 6-1.  The teams split the two games played in Kelowna, the Hawks winning 5-1 on October 16 and the Rockets winning the final match-up on January 14 by a margin of 5-3.  In that final game, the Hawks led 3-1 after the first period, but the Rockets rallied to win, leading to one of only two regulation losses the Hawks suffered when leading after one period in 2010-11.

Ty Rattie led the Hawks in scoring in the regular series season, posting 4-5-9 in four games while Sven Bartschi posted 3-5-8 and Ryan Johansen scored 3-4-7.  Also, Craig Cunningham put up 1-7-8 in three games against Kelowna while with the Vancouver Giants, he also added one assist for Portland, giving him 1-8-9 in four games this year against Kelowna.  Overager Geordie Wudrick led the Rockets with 3-3-6 with Zach Franko posting 2-2-4 and Tyson Barrie adding 0-4-4.

Mac Carruth started all four games for Portland, allowing 9 goals on 131 shots for a goals against average of 2.25 and a .931 save percentage while going 3-1-0-0.  Adam Brown also played all four games for Kelowna, giving up 18 goals on 155 shots for a goals against average of 4.50 and a save percentage of .881, posting a record of 1-3-0-0.

Other series numbers:

Power Play Overall:

Portland — 5 for 21 – 23.8%

Kelowna — 3 for 27 – 11.1%

Power Play Home:

Portland — 4 for 16 – 25.0%

Kelowna — 2 for 11 – 18.2%

Power Play Away:

Portland — 1 for 5 – 20.0%

Kelowna — 1 for 16 – 6.3%

Penalty Kill Overall (neither team had a short-handed goal):

Portland — 24 of 27 – 88.9%

Kelowna — 16 of 21 – 76.2%

Penalty Kill Home:

Portland — 15 of 16 – 93.7%

Kelowna — 4 of 5 – 80.0%

Penalty Kill Road:

Portland — 9 for 11 — 81.2%

Kelowna — 12 of 16 — 75.0%

Shots For:

Portland — 155 – 38.75/game

Kelowna — 131 – 32.75/game

Portland Scorers against Kelowna (active roster):

Ty Rattie                                        4-5-9

Craig Cunningham (inc. Van)      1-8-9

Sven Bartschi                               3-5-8

Ryan Johansen                            3-4-7

Brad Ross                                      1-3-4

Joe Morrow                                  1-3-4

Derrick Pouliot                            0-4-4

Troy Rutkowski                           1-2-3

Nino Niederreiter                       2-0-2

Taylor Aronson                           0-2-2

Riley Boychuk                             1-0-1

Tayler Jordan                              1-0-1

Kelowna Scorers vs. Portland:

Geordie Wudrick                       3-3-6

Zach Franko                               2-2-4

Tyson Barrie                               0-4-4

Shane McColgan                        2-1-3

Cody Chikie                                2-0-2

Brett Bulmer                              0-2-2

Damon Severson                       0-2-2

Mitchell Callahan                     0-1-1

Colton Sissons                           0-1-1

Kevin Smith                               0-1-1





  1. Andy, is there any information on what radio stations the Hawk are going to be on?

  2. Jim,
    Game 1 will be on Freedom 970 and Game 2 will be on 95.5 The Game…the rest of the series should be announced soon for radio.


  3. Andy,
    Just read Regans’ blog. He mentioned you and “world famous baby back ribs” in the same sentence. Hint, hint…

    Between your blog and his (both so well done), I am getting pumped up for round two…Go Hawks!

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