11/11/11 – Portland 6 – Spokane 5 (SO) – Rose Garden – The first game back home for the Portland Winterhawks after the long 17 day, nine game odyssey and it was a barn burner as the Hawks, who never led during the game, tied it late and then won in a six round shootout over the Chiefs.
Spokane would lead 2-1 after 20 minutes on an even-strength goal by Mike Aviani and a power play goal by Marek Kalus. Portland would sandwich a short-handed marker by Taylor Peters in between the two Chiefs goals, on a rebound that bounced in off Spokane defenseman Brenden Kichton’s skate.
In the second, Portland would tie the score at 2-2 on a power play goal by Brad Ross, but Steven Kuhn would regain the lead on a power play goal of his own 8:30 into the middle frame. Ty Rattie would tie the score again on the power play, but just 54 seconds later, Darren Kramer would score on a two-on-one to make it 4-3 Chiefs after two periods.
Rattie with yet another power play goal would tie it at 4-4 halfway through the second period, but again the Chiefs would answer quickly, and again it was just 54 seconds later on a goal by Connor Chartier. The Hawks pulled goaltender Mac Carruth in the final minute and they capitalized when Sven Bartschi (with his third assist on the night) would set up Ross for his second goal of the night to force overtime.
No scoring in overtime, and the shootout would se Kalus, Jarid Hauptman and Aviani score for Spokane while Rattie, Bartschi and Brendan Leipsic would counter for Portland. In the sixth round, Taylor Leier would score and Carruth stopped Reid Gow to preserve the Hawks fourth shootout win in five attempts this season.
Carruth would stop 32 of 37 for the victory while Mac Engel would handle 35 of 40 in the loss.
Power Plays: Portland 3 for 6, Spokane 2 for 7
11/12/11 – Portland 4 – Spokane 3 (OT) – Rose Garden – A role reversal from the night before as Portland would take the early lead only to see Spokane tie the game in the third, but in overtime, a fantastic play would seal the victory for the Hawks to extend their winning streak to five games.
The Hawks would score first on the power play when on a faceoff in the defensive zone, linesman Brian Fortin waited and motioned for Steven Kuhn of the Chiefs to line up for the draw and when he didn’t, Fortin dropped the puck and Ross got the puck to Rattie and sprung up the right wing. Rattie fed it back to Ross and his wrister from the right circle slipped under the arm of Engle for the 1-0 lead. Just 23 seconds later, Rattie took a feed from Bartschi in neutral ice, crossed the line and fired a wrister top corner from the top of the circles to make it 2-0 after one period for Portland.
In the second, Spokane would get one back on a fluky play when Portland knocked the puck off the back of the goal in behind Carruth and it popped up and over the net in the crease where Kramer banged it home to make it 2-1. Rattie would score again halfway through the period, set up by Bartschi on a two-on-one for his league leading 10th power play goal of the season.
In the third, Kichton would throw a bad angle shot on net that Carruth would stop, but when trying to knock it out of the air and out of trouble, it bounced off of Carruth’s stick and into the net to make it 3-2. A little over 90 seconds later, Collin Valcourt would tip in a rebound of a Tanner Mort shot and it was even at 3-3 and headed to overtime.
Just 30 seconds into OT, Tyler Wotherspoon would feed Ty Rattie and Rattie would carry it into the offensive zone, spinning 360 degrees in the left circle and feeding a perfect pass to Bartschi who got behind the defense and he made no mistake, filing the backhand to provide the winner.
Carruth would stop 27 of 30 for the win for Portland while Engel made 47 saves on 51 shots to earn the road point for the Chiefs.
Power Plays: Portland 2 for 6, Spokane 0 for 2
Goals: Portland 10 – Opponents 8 (Season – Portland 85 – Opponents 77)
Shots: Portland 92 – Opponents 67 (Season – Portland 854 – Opponents 632)
Power Play: 5 for 13 38.5% (Season – 30 for 114 – 26.3% – 3rd in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 7 for 9 77.8% (Season – 76 for 91 – 83.5% – 3rd in WHL)
Kemper’s Three Stars of the Week:
1 – Ty Rattie – Pretty easy selection here…4-3-7 in two games and now on a career high five game goal streak with 8 goals in those five games.
2 – Sven Bartschi – 1-5-6 in two games, now on a career high eight game assist streak with 18 assists in those eight games.
3 – Brad Ross – 3-0-3 in two games.
Joe Morrow – 0-3-3 in one game
Ty Rattie – 150th career WHL Point (11/11)
Joe Morrow – 100th career WHL Point (11/11)
Taylor Peters – 200th career WHL Game Played (11/11)
Dillon Wagner – Activated from Injury List (11/11)
Tyler Parker – Released (11/7)
What to watch for in the upcoming week:
No mid-week games in the WHL this week as the Subway Super Series takes part with two games in Regina and Moose Jaw on Wednesday and Thursday. Ty Rattie, Brad Ross and Joe Morrow will all play for Team WHL (Canada) against Team Russia in Regina on Wednesday night. All three will be back with the Hawks in time for the two games next weekend in the Puget Sound.
On Friday, the Hawks take on the Everett Silvertips looking to avenge the road loss the Hawks suffered in October at the Comcast Arena. The ‘Tips are struggling this year, going just 5-14-0-3 in 22 games and are last in the Western Conference. Add in they have lost top d-man Ryan Murray to injury and all-time leading goal scorer Tyler Maxwell due to a trade request and subsequent removal from the roster and it has been a tough few months for new Head Coach Mark Ferner. Josh Birkholz has been a bright spot, garnering 9-12-21 in 22 games while Kent Simpson has a respectable .909 save percentage in net.
On Saturday, the Hawks move south to Kent to renew their rivalry with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Portland has won the first two meetings of the season and will look to make it three straight against new ‘Birds Coach and former Winterhawk Steve Konowalchuk. The ‘Birds are 7-11-0-0 after 18 games and are led by Marcel Noebels (8-7-15 in 17 games) and Burke Gallimore (8-3-11 in 18 games). Seattle has retooled their blue line, bringing in Kyle Verdino, Brad Deagle, Cason Machacek and Braden Laroque via trades from the Eastern Conference. Branden Troock has also returned from long-term injury and has 3-3-6 in 18 games played. Calvin Pickard’s numbers aren’t where they have been the past three seasons, sitting at 4.03 GAA and a .893 save %.