Kelowna Rockets at Portland Winterhawks (Saturday): Preview, updates, chat, how to listen and watch the stream

What: The Portland Winterhawks (7-1-1) face the Kelowna Rockets (4-6-1) in the Western Hockey League.

When: Saturday October 29, 6 p.m.

Where: Memorial Colosseum.

Look: You can stream the game via CHL pay-per-view (US$6.10 for one game).

Listen: Audio Winterhawks.

Follow:

  • The score of the box.
  • Receive updates and chat before, during and after the game.

The storyline after Friday night’s game should have been the Portland Winterhawks overcoming their neglect to earn a win over the Kelowna Rockets. However, it became a matter of negligence that cost them a win after a late slump that saw the Rockets score two goals in the final 3½ minutes to tie the game and then win in overtime. They gave the Rockets two goals with pucks in front of their net that should have easily been handled, gave up an empty net with 5 seconds left and gave up a losing breakaway in overtime on a missed shot that took a big rebound. The sloppiness was also on offense, despite 45 shots. Their top scorers scored just one point from a James Stefan goal.

On the bright side, with a 45-29 shooting margin, the Winterhawks are the only team in the Western Hockey League to outshoot their opponents in every game.

They’re trying to snap a 2-game losing streak in Saturday’s rematch with the Rockets.

Attackers
20 11-Robbie Fromm-Delorme (202 games)
19 92-Jack O’Brien (149)
13-James Stefan (141)
16-Gabe Klassen (133)
9-Aidan Litke (84)
21-Jonas Bevington (71)
67-Dawson Pasternak (43)
18 19-Kyle Chyzowski (108)
72-Marcus Nguyen (102)
77-Luke Schelter (87)
17 28-Josh Zakreski (25)
93-Nicholas Johnson (11)
20-Aiden Sota (3)
16 90-Diego Buttazzoni (8)

Their best forwards will need a better game.

Fromm-Delorme, best known as a 2 player despite the hot attacking start, is -7 in his last 4 games.

Nguyen scored a shorthanded goal with a fine finish, but was given a wrong key penalty and missed an icing penalty shot.

Leading forward: Fromm-Delorme (12 points/9 games), O’Brien (10/9), Klassen (8/5), Stefan (8/7), Chyzowski (7/9).

Defenders
19 6-Ryan McCleary (99)
18 73-Luca Cagnoni (93)
43-Ryder Thompson (91)
26-Marek Alscher (79)
2-Josh Mori (50)
17 59-Carter Sotheran (9)
14-Rhett Ravndahl (1)
16 91-Alex Thompson (5)

This is McCleary’s 100th game. He had a very good COVID mini-season, but was hampered by slow starts this season and last. He had two key mix-ups with Dante Giannuzzi on Friday that put Kelowna back in the game.

Alscher also had a slow start but scored goals in 2 consecutive games and points in 3 consecutive games.

Cagnoni after a great start remained without a goal 3 games in a row.

Best defenders: Cagnoni (8/9), Sotheran (6/9), Alscher (4/7), Thompson (4/8).

Goalkeepers
20 74-Dante Giannuzzi (75)
18 31-Jan. Spunar (3)

Giannuzzi played well for most of Friday’s game. But an .871 save percentage doesn’t sit well with a 7-1-1 record. One of them will change. With back-to-back streaks and a tight schedule ahead, Špunar could get this game.

Save percentages: Giannuzzi .871, Špunar .908.

The Rockets stole one from Portland on Friday night, in revenge for the game Portland stole from them in Kelowna in September. Their stars shone in the end, led by Andrew Cristall and his 2 goals and an assist including the winning breakaway. Talyn Boyko, after two poor games since returning from the pros, stopped 44 of 47 for the win.

A 5-minute shorthanded and power-play goal that brought them back into the game made up for Marcus Nguyen’s shorthanded goal they allowed in the 2nd. Special teams goals kept them alive in their 4-6-1 start. They’re in the top 5 on the power play and on the penalty kill, and they’ve made that more meaningful by being above average to create power plays and avoid penalty kills. A kick from Noah Dorey that caused that 5-minute penalty, however, could see him miss the game through suspension.

They are guaranteed a split and play with house money.

Attackers
20 19-Adam Kydd (159)
19 17-Colton Dach (151)
10-Turner McMillen (101)
24-Dylan Wightman (96)
22-Gabriel SzTurkish (83)
18 7-Max Graham (98)
21-Nolan Flemish (95)
15-Rilen Kovacevic (71)
17 28-Andrew Cristall (91)
9-Marcus Pacheco (70)
8-Grady Lenton (10)
18-Ethan Neutens (7)
12-Will Munro (4)
16 29-Logan Peskett (7)

It was the front row of Cristall, Szturc and Kydd who won in the 3rd, Flamand contributing with 2 points and scoring the equalizing goal in the 6 against 5.

Dach, another star striker, is out with a concussion.

Leading forward: Cristall (18/11), Szturc (17/11), Kydd (11/11), Flemish (8/11), Kovacevic (6/11).

Defenders
19 14-Elias Carmichael (146)
2-Noah Dorey (99)
27-Jackson De Souza (81)
18 5-John Babcock (82)
17 Price 4 Cadens (62)
25-Jackson Romeril (4)
16 3-Ismail Abougouche (10)

Dorey’s 100th game is up for grabs due to a possible suspension for his tipped foot. That would put the Rockets potentially short on defense, with Carmichael missing two straight games.

Best defenders: Price (9/11), Carmichael (7/9), Dorey (2/11), Babcock (2/11).

Goalkeepers
20 31-Talyn Boyko (110)
18 30-Jari Kykkanen (22)

Boyko has played three consecutive games since his return. It could be Kykkanen’s turn, but their schedule is still quite light so they could go either way in goal.

Save percentages: Kykkanen .883, Boyko .898.

winter falcons Rockets Medium
Registration 7-1-1 4-6-1-0
Goal difference +9 -4
Goals/game 4.2 3.3 3.3
Goals against/game 3.2 3.6 3.3
power play 28.1% 26.4% 20.8%
penalty kill 80.0% 86.0% 79.2%
power plays for/game 3.6 4.8 4.4
Power plays versus play 3.9 3.9 4.4
Overcome opponents 9-0 6-5
After 1 period 6-2-1 2-6-3
After 2 periods 6-2-1 4-6-1
Score, last 10 games 41-35 31-34
Score, last 20 matches 65-53 62-74
Total WHL Games 1672 1659

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