Winterhawks Week in Review – 11/21 – 11/27/11

The Portland Winterhawks finished out a strong November tonight with the win over the Swift Current Broncos.  The month saw the Hawks go 9-2-0-0 in 11 games, including a perfect 5-0-0-0 on home ice.  Here are the week’s scores, for full recaps go to for all four games:

11/22/11 – Portland 5 – Regina 2 – Rose Garden

Power Plays:  Portland 4 for 10, Regina 0 for 4

11/23/11 – Tri City 7 – Portland 6 – Toyota Center

Power Plays:  Portland 1 for 3, Tri City 3 for 8

11/25/11 – Portland 5 – Spokane 3 – Memorial Coliseum

Power Plays:  Portland 1 for 4, Spokane 1 for 3

11/27/11 – Portland 6 – Swift Current 2 – Memorial Coliseum

Power Plays:  Portland 2 for 3, Swift Current 2 for 3

Week Statistics:

Goals:  Portland 22 – Opponents 14 (Season – Portland 117, Opponents 100)

Shots:  Portland 153 – Opponents 164 (Season – Portland 1,105 – Opponents 864)

Power Play:  8 for 20 – 40.0% (Season – 41 for 145 – 28.3% – 3rd in WHL)

Penalty Kill:  12 for 18 – 66.7% (Season – 98 for 121 – 81.0% – 6th in WHL)

Kemper’s Three Stars of the Week:

1.  Ty Rattie:  Fairly easy call here…7-5-12 in four games.

2. Sven Bartschi:  Another fairly easy call…4-8-12 in four games.

3. Joe Morrow:  His number’s would make him #1 most weeks…4-4-8 in four games.

Honorable Mentions:

Troy Rutkowski – 0-4-4 in 4 games

Brad Ross – 2-2-4 in 4 games

Nic Petan – 1-3-4 in 4 games

Milestones Reached:

Taylor Peters – 50th Career WHL Point (11/23)

Derrick Pouliot – 100th Career WHL Game Played (11/25)

Derrick Pouliot – 50th Career WHL Point (11/27)

Mac Carruth – 100th Career WHL Game Played (11/27)

Roster Moves:


What to watch for in the coming week:

The Team Canada World Junior Selection Camp roster will be announced on Monday morning from Edmonton.  Ty Rattie, Joe Morrow and Brad Ross are candidates to be selected to attend the camp later in December.

For games, the Hawks finish out their pre-Christmas home schedule with games on Friday night versus Everett and Saturday night against Seattle with both games coming in the Rose Garden.

The Silvertips have been struggling, going just 5-17-0-4 on the season and they are current last in the Western Conference.  They have only one win in their last 10 games, going 1-7-0-2 during that stretch.  With Tyler Maxwell now gone to the Edmonton Oil Kings, a team that lacks scoring depth is now even more pressured to keep the games low scoring.  Josh Birkholz leads the team with 10-14-24 in 24 games, but no one else on the current roster is close to a point per game.  The ‘Tips may get d-man Ryan Murray back on Friday night after missing 14 games with a high ankle sprain.  He had 3-3-6 in 10 games before the injury.  Kent Simpson is the number one goaltender with 3.70 and .903 in 21 appearances.  Their power play is middle of the pack at #10 (21.7%) while their penalty kill is 17th (75.2%).

The Thunderbirds have played pretty well as of late and have a record of 10-12-0-1 and are fourth in the U.S. Division.  They have gone 5-4-0-1 in their last 10 and had won three straight prior to losing to Kamloops on Saturday night.  Veterans Burke Gallimore (12-7-19 in 23 games) and Marcel Noebels (9-9-18 in 22 games) lead the offense while they have been getting fairly balanced scoring with 10 players having at least 10 points.  Branden Troock was injured again on Saturday vs. Kamloops and may be doubtful on Saturday after putting 5-4-9 in 21 games.   Calvin Pickard’s numbers are improving and are now at 3.52 and .907 and a 10-9-0-1 record in 20 games.  Their power play is 17th (19.1%) while their penalty kill sits at 16th (76.2%).

Don’t forget Saturday is the Teddy Bear Toss night…so bring your bears!


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