10/14/11 – Kamloops 5 – Portland 4 (OT) – Memorial Coliseum: A wide-open, back and forth game between these two teams as they combined for nine goals and 78 shots and in the end, Brendan Ranford would score his fourth goal of the game just 21 seconds into overtime to provide the winning margin.
Portland would lead 3-2 after the first period as Sven Bartschi, Nic Petan and Ty Rattie would convert for Portland sandwiched around goals by Ranford and Chase Schaber for Kamloops. Bartschi’s and Schaber’s markers would come via the power play.
In the second period, the lone goal would from Ranford late in the period on a four-on-four situation with a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle. Brad Ross would have a penalty shot stopped by Cam Lanigan with five minutes remaining that would have Portland up by two goals at the time.
Ranford would give the Blazers their first lead of the game just 14 seconds into the third period on the power play and that lead would hold until Ross scored a power play goal of his own with just 2:33 remaining. Taylor Peters would earn another penalty shot while short-handed with 1:32 remaining but Lanigan was again up for the task, setting up Ranford’s goal in OT.
Portland out-shot the Blazers 41-37 with Lanigan stopping 37 of 41 for the win and Mac Carruth handling 32 of 37 in the overtime loss.
Power Plays – Portland 2 for 6/Kamloops 2 for 5
10/15/11 – Portland 6 – Brandon 1 – Memorial Coliseum: The return of Brendan Leipsic from his five game suspension paid immediate dividends as he threw a big hit on his first shift and then was a key part in the Hawks first goal just 2:02 into the game when Brad Ross converted a rebound of a Leipsic shot. Ty Rattie would add a late first period goal to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead after one.
Early in the second period, Josh Hanson made a nice pass to spring Sven Bartschi into the offensive zone where he split the defense and scored on a nice shot to make it 3-0 Hawks. Brandon would get a power play goal from Michael Ferland just under two minutes later, but that would be it for the offense for Brandon on the night. Four minutes later, Mac Carruth would make a huge save on Alessio Bertaggia on a 3-on-0 rush and the Hawks would go the other way and Chase De Leo would fire a wrister home for his first career WHL goal. Joe Morrow would add a power play goal just 45 seconds after that and it was lights out for Brandon.
Bartschi would add his second of the night and fourth point on a power play goal in the third period and the Hawks would skate away with their largest margin of victory in the young 2011-12 season.
Portland would out-shoot Brandon 38-24 with Mac Carruth stopping 23 of 24 for his 49th career WHL victory and Brandon would split goaltending duties with Liam Liston (23 of 28) and Corbin Boes (9 of 10) each seeing action.
Power Plays – Portland 2 for 5/Brandon 1 for 1
Goals – Portland 10 – Opponents 6 (Season – Portland 36 – Opponents 35)
Shots – Portland 79 – Opponents 61 (Season – Portland 400 – Opponents 277)
Power Play – 4 for 11 36.4% (Season 15 for 55 – 27.3%)
Penalty Kill – 3 for 6 50.0% (Season 30 for 37 – 81.1%)
Kemper’s Three Stars of the Week:
1. Sven Bartschi – Not just my player of the week, but the WHL’s as well…posted 3-4-7 in the two games and now has 14 points in just seven games played.
2. Ty Rattie – Rattie is just continuing to produce, posting 2-3-5 in the two games and is leading the team in scoring with 16 points in 9 games played.
3. Brad Ross – Ross scored two key goals this weekend, posting 2-2-4 in the two games and he continues to produce points and is a key contributor on the power play. Has 14 points in 10 games this season.
Nic Petan – 1-2-3 in 2 games
Chase De Leo – 1-1-2 in 2 games
Joe Morrow – 1-2-3 in 2 games
Tyler Wotherspoon – 0-2-2 in 2 games
Chase De Leo – 1st Career WHL Goal (10/15/11)
Sven Bartschi – 5th Career 4 Point Game (10/15/11)
Brad Ross – 40th Career Multi-Point Game (10/15/11)
What to watch for in the upcoming week:
The Hawks have one more home game, Tuesday night against the Saskatoon Blades, before embarking on the long 17 day, 9 game Alberta and BC odyssey.
The Blades are off to a good start in the Eastern division with a record of 7-2-0-0 after nine games. They are led offensively by import Matej Stransky and overage Jesse Paradis, each with nine points on the season. But, they are a balanced squad with 10 players with at least five points on the season. They lost key d-man Stefan Elliott as well as forward Brayden Schenn to the pro ranks but they still have a nice compliment of players including physical d-man Duncan Siemens. In net, they have import Andrey Makarov who played last year in the QMJHL.
After that, the Hawks load the bus and head to Alberta where they will meet the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday night at Rexall Place and then the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday night at the Centrium. Remember, with the time changes, both games start an hour earlier on the West Coast, 6:00 on Friday and 6:30 on Saturday.
Edmonton is tied atop the Central Division with 14 points after 11 games (6-3-1-1) and they are led by import d-man Martin Gernat who has 5 goals and 15 points in 11 games. They too offer balance as they have 10 players with at least five points after 11 games. Laurent Brossoit is the number one goalie for the Oil Kings, posting 2.47 and .916 through 10 starts.
Red Deer has played only eight games through this past weekend, going 5-3-0-0 for 10 points. John Persson leads the Rebels with eight points while overage forward leads the Rebels with five goals. They feature top NHL draft prospect Mathew Dumba who combines offense and physical play into a complete package. In net, reigning WHL Goaltender of the Week import Patrik Bartosak is carrying the load, posting impressive 1.98 GAA and .933 save % through 7 games.
Stat of the Week:
The two penalty shots awarded to Portland in the game against Kamloops marked the first time in 2,530 games that there have been two penalty shots in one game awarded.
In fact, at one point (from 11/3/79 to 11/13/84) there were nearly five full seasons played where there no penalty shots awarded at all in a game involving Portland.