When: Saturday 20 November, 6 p.m.
To concern: You can stream the game through the CHL TV pay per view (CA $ 6.99 for a game).
Listen: Winter falcons audio.
The Winterhawks, who climbed high midway through the 2nd period with a 5-1 lead over the Kelowna Rockets, blew up, drew 5-5 in overtime and had the chance to s’ escape when 16-year-old Andrew Cristall touched the crossbar and the on-ice appeal for the winning goal was reversed. Then Jaydon Dureau scored the only goal of the shootout and they escaped with a 6-5 victory.
So now what we think of this game is heavily influenced by what happens in tonight’s rematch. A win, and the second half crease on Friday was just a blip. A loss, and the first half was a fluke and it was a negative weekend despite the two points.
|20||22-Jaydon Dureau (169 games)|
|19||11-Robbie Fromm-Delorme (150)
18-Tyson Kozak (107)
71-Croix Hanas (155)
|18||9-Aidan Litke (26)
13-James Stefan (72)
16-Gabe Klassen (66)
21-Jonas Bevington (20)
67-Dawson Pasternak (17)
92-Jack O’Brien (78)
|17||17-Luc Schelter (22)
19-Kyle Chyzowski (37)
72-Marcus Nguyen (33)
|16||28-Josh Zakreski (2)|
The Winterhawks are currently a one-line team with Hanas, Klassen and Steffan, and that line is struggling to convert their large number of chances. That may change, and their potential for a second row with Dureau and Kozak (or even Jack O’Brien).
Forward: Hanas (19 points / 17 games), Stefan (15/17), Kozak (12/17), Klassen (10/17), Litke (6/16), Schelter (6/16).
|20||27-Jonas BrÃ¸ndberg (79)
58-Hanus Clay (212)
|19||23-Kurtis Smythe (70)|
|18||6-Ryan McCleary (30)|
|17||8-Josh Mori (7)
26-Marek Alscher (15)
43-Ryder Thompson (27)
73-Luca Cagnoni (25)
Alscher looked good on Friday, but it didn’t show up in the stats at all.
Leading defenders: Hanus (12/17), Cagnoni (7/15), BrÃ¸ndberg (4/9).
|19||31-Dante Giannuzzi (45)|
|18||70-Lochlan Gordon (6)|
I’ll assume it’s Gordon. Giannuzzi’s inconsistent season continues. He was good for two periods, played a big part in the collapse of the third period, and struggled to deal with the puck throughout.
Save percentages: Giannuzzi 0.872, Gordon 0.915.
The Rockets’ poor first half cost them a point in the standings on Friday. From now on, they can spend an entire day on the bus through central Washington, with their usual route badly damaged by flooding in British Columbia. But that wouldn’t be a good excuse for another bad start.
Still, the second-half return earned them a point and now has points in eight straight games.
|20||9-Marc Liwiski (154)|
|19||11-Pavel Novak (68)
23-Jake Poole (86)
|18||10-Turner McMillen (30)
Quiring steel 12 (38)
17-Colton Dach (94)
22-Gabriel Szturc (13)
24-Dylan Wightman (36)
|17||7-Max Graham (31)
15-Rilen Kovacevic (17)
16-Cousins ââScott (18)
20-Nolan Flemish (32)
|16||18-Marcus Pacheco (12)
28-Andrew Cristall (25)
Dach and especially Novak had a very good outfit on Friday, which was a big key to the Rockets’ loss.
Forward: Novak (19/13), Dach (12/12), Flemish (12/13), Cristall (9/11), Liwiski (8/12), Szturc (8/13).
|20||21-Jake Lee (235)
25-Tyson Feist (135)
|19||2-Noah Dorey (34)
14-Elias Carmichael (79)
27-Jackson DeSouza (23)
|17||5-John Babcock (19)|
|16||Price 3 Caden (12)|
Price, 16, scored a goal that facilitated the return; he looked good.
Leading defenders: Lee (12/13), Feist (9/13), Dorey (7/11).
|19||31-Talyn Boyko (59)|
|18||1-Knight Colby (11)|
Boyko got the hook in the 2nd period on the first failure of his three games with the Rockets. Knight, who got hooked after a spell in the Portland game at Kelowna, played well in relief.
Save percentages: Boyko .883, knight .867.
|Goals / game||2.8||3.9||3.2|
|Authorized goals / match||3.8||3.6||3.2|
|Kill from the penalty spot||82.3%||78.7%||79.0%|
|Power play for / play||4.4||3.1||4.3|
|Power plays against / play||4.6||3.6||4.3|
|Score, last 10 matches||30-42||38-35|
|Score, last 20 matches||67-69||70-73|