9/23/11 – Portland 3 – Everett 2 (SO) – Rose Garden: It was a typical opening night game – moments of very good hockey mixed in with moments of sloppy hockey. The Hawks never led in the contest but still got the two points thanks to Derrick Pouliot being the only shooter of the six attempts to dent the twine in the shootout. Taylor Peters and Nic Petan scored in regulation as the Hawks outshot the Silvertips 39-28.
Mac Carruth got the win, and had to make some tough saves down the stretch to get the Hawks into the overtime and shootout.
Power Play — 1 for 7/Penalty Kill — 4 for 4
9/24/11 – Portland 6 – Seattle 3 — ShoWare Center: This game looked like it was going to be a goaltender battle for the first 35 minutes as the teams remained scoreless, but the Hawks eventually wore down the Thunderbirds to close out a nice first road win of the season. Ty Rattie returned in time from St. Louis and put up 2 goals and 1 assist but the offensive catalyst was Derrick Pouliot with four assists. Brad Ross also chipped in three points while Nic Petan and Troy Rutkowski also found the twine.
Carruth picked up his second win, with the Hawks out-shooting Seattle 46-24 leaving a frustrated Calvin Pickard to exit the ice slamming his stick on the glass after the final buzzer.
Power Play — 2 for 5/Penalty Kill — 2 for 2
9/25/11 – Tri-City 6 – Portland 5 — Toyota Center: The third game in three nights for the Hawks and despite going down 5-0, the team battled back hard, just falling short in the end. Connor Rankin had a natural hat-trick for the Ams while Adam Hughesman chipped in four assists. For Portland, Rattie posted his second consecutive 2 goal/3 point night while Taylor Peters scored twice. Ross scored the other goal and assisted on one as well. Rookie Chase De Leo assisted on both of Rattie’s goals – both on the power play – while Pouliot added two more helpers.
Brendan Burke started in net for Portland, giving up four goals on 12 shots in just over 22 minutes and was replaced by Carruth who stopped 10 of 12. Portland once again out-shot their opponents, this time 37-24 in the contest.
Power Play — 2 for 4/Penalty Kill — 2 for 3 (1 shorthanded goal for)
Goals: Portland 14 – Opponents 11
Shots: Portland 122 – Opponents 76
Power Play — 5 for 16 — 31.3%
Penalty Kill — 8 of 9 — 88.9%
Kemper’s Three Stars of the Week:
1 – Derrick Pouliot — It was a tough week for Derrick after the passing of his grandfather, but all he did was return to Portland, play 30 minutes a game, put up 0-6-6 in three games and score the shootout winner at the home opener. Sophomore slump? Yeah…I don’t think so…
2 – Ty Rattie — Arrived in time for the game in Seattle on Saturday and put up 4-2-6 in two games, including three power play goals.
3 – Nicolas Petan — The 16 year old had a fine first weekend in his first full season, posting 2-1-3 in 3 games including the tying goal in the home opener and the insurance goal in Seattle.
Brad Ross — 2-3-5 in 3 games
Taylor Peters — 3-0-3 in 3 games
First Career WHL goals:
Nic Petan (9/23/11)
First Career WHL Assists:
Joey Baker (9/24/11)
Chase De Leo (9/25/11)
Taylor Leier (9/25/11)
Ty Rattie — 5oth career WHL goal (9/25/11)
Brad Ross — 500th career WHL penalty minute (9/23/11)
Seth Swenson — 100th career WHL game played (9/23/11)
Mike Johnston — 200th career WHL regular season game coached (9/24/11)
Adam Smith – reassigned to Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL)
Gabriel Minville – released
What to watch for in the week ahead:
The Winterhawks play twice this week – Friday vs. Tri-City and Saturday vs. Seattle – with both games at the Rose Garden. Saturday night is the annual Dash-for Cash night.
The Hawks may find out the fate of both Joe Morrow (Pittsburgh) and Sven Bärtschi (Calgary). Both are expected back in Portland, but when is the question. As of right now, none of the other six players (Taylor Aronson, Riley Boychuk, Oliver Gabriel, Ryan Johansen, Nino Niederreiter or Brett Ponich) are expected back soon, if at all.