Winterhawks Week in Review – 10/23 – 10/30/11…

Not a lot of time today to do game recaps of the four games, for those you can go here.  Here are the scores for the past week:

10/25/11 – Portland 7 – Calgary 1 – ScotiaBank Saddledome

10/26/11 – Medicine Hat 4 – Portland 2 – The Arena

10/28/11 – Portland 4 – Lethbridge 1 – Enmax Centre

10/29/11 – Kootenay 4 – Portland 1 – Cranbrook Rec Plex

Week Statistics:

Goals:  Portland 14 – Opponents 10 (Season – Portland 62 – Opponents 61)

Shots:  Portland 134 – Opponents 122 (Season – Portland 635 – Opponents 487)

Power Play:  3 for 21 – 14.3% (Season – 23 for 89 25.8% – 3rd in WHL)

Penalty Kill:  17 for 19 – 89.5% (Season – 55 for 66 83.3% – 3rd in WHL)

Kemper’s Three Stars of the Week:

1. William Wrenn – Posted 1-3-4 in the four games and a +6 for the week.

2. Taylor Peters – Posted 1-2-3 in the four games and a +3 for the week.

3. Chase De Leo – Posted 1-2-3 in the four games and a +2 for the week.

Honorable Mentions:

Ty Rattie – 1-2-3 in 4 games

Brad Ross – 2-1-3 in 4 games

Brendan Leipsic – 2-1-3 in 4 games

Jason Trott – 2-1-3 in 4 games

Mac Carruth – 2-2-0-0, 2.01 GAA, .938 save %

Milestones Reached:

Brad Ross – 75th career WHL Goal (10/25/11)

Charles Wells – 250th Career WHL Game Played (10/28/11)

Mac Carruth – 5,000th Minute Played and 2,500th Career WHL Save (10/29/11)

Roster Moves:

Dillon Wagner acquired from Swift Current for Adam Smith (10/27/11)

Ryley Bennefield reassigned to Grande Prairie of AJHL (10/28/11)

What to watch for in the upcoming week:

The long and winding road trip concludes this week with three games in BC, starting on Wednesday night in Kamloops.  The Blazers currently have the highest winning percentage in the WHL at .786 (11-3-0-0).  Included in the 11 wins is the 5-4 OT win over Portland at the Memorial Coliseum earlier this month when Brendan Ranford scored 4-1-5.  Colin Smith leads the Blazers in scoring with 18 points in 14 games while Ranford has 16 points in just 11 games.  The Blazers have a balanced attack with seven players having more than 10 points on the season.  Cole Cheveldave and Cam Lanigan have split time in net for Kamloops, with Cheveldave posting better numbers at 2.18 GAA and a .921 save % in 6 appearances while going 5-0-0-0.

The Hawks will then travel to Kelowna for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday.  The Rockets have been inconsistent to start the season, sitting at an uncharacteristic 5-9-1-0 through 15 games.  They are led by Shane McColgan with 17 points in 14 games while d-men Myles Bell and Damon Severson each have 14 points from the blue line.  The Rockets will have Brett Bulmer back in the line-up after nine games in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild, where he picked up three assists.  Adam Brown is the number one starter in Kelowna, but he has had a bit of a tough start with a 3.77 GAA and a .885 save % through 13 appearances.

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