Man…this week has drug on, hasn’t it?
It was last Thursday when the Portland Winterhawks eliminated the Everett Silvertips in four games to advance to the Western Conference Semi-Final against the Kelowna Rockets. At that point, we didn’t know when the second round series would start, but we thought it may be as far as Saturday before starting.
When I found out it would start on Thursday, I was happy as that meant a shorter wait until Game 1. Well…time is standing still this week as we head toward the 7:00 start at the Rose Garden tomorrow night.
While I’m sure that this week has been long for me, it has to be even more so for the players and Coaching staffs for the two teams. Practice is practice and there is only so much video and chalk talk analysis that can be done. Both teams should be itching to get on the ice and go after someone not wearing the same logo.
There will be one change in the broadcasts for Games 1 & 2 on home ice in this series as Dean Vrooman will be out of town and will miss the games. Scooter got a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Augusta, GA, when his name was drawn for lottery tickets for entrance into a practice round and the Par 3 Contest at The Masters. The Par 3 Contest is televised today at Noon on ESPN…who knows, maybe you’ll see the Scooter watching the action.
This means that John Kirby will step into the broadcast booth with me and Todd Vrooman will still be down between the benches on the wireless mic with rink side analysis. Game 1 will be heard on Freedom 970 with the pre-game show starting at 6:35 tomorrow night with Game 2 being on the FM dial at 95.5 The Game with the pre-game at 4:35. As always, we’ll have the FM transmitter tuned into 98.1 in the Rose Garden for broadcast clarity. Games 3-6 (provided games 5-6 are necessary) will all be heard on Freedom 970, with Game 7 (if necessary) still TBD.
If you were wondering, here are some career numbers for the Hawks against Kelowna:
Craig Cunningham with VAN and POR — 35 GP, 9-21-30 in the regular season (1-2-3 in 6 playoff games)
Ty Rattie — 9 GP, 4-8-12
Brad Ross — 11 GP, 4-6-10
Ryan Johansen — 8 GP, 4-5-9
Sven Bartschi — 4 GP, 3-5-8
Joe Morrow — 9 GP, 2-5-7
Nino Niederreiter — 7 GP, 4-2-6
Derrick Pouliot — 2 GP, 0-4-4
Mac Carruth — 6 GP, 5-1-0-0, 2..30 GAA, .931 save %
Game 1 is tomorrow night…to quote my broadcast colleague from the Okanagan (his blog link is on the left) Regan Bartel…pitter-patter, let’s get atter…
See you at the Garden for Game 1 tomorrow night…