Portland at Spokane WHL Hockey: preview, updates, chat, how to listen and watch the stream

What: Portland (26-11-3-2) takes on Spokane (12-24-3-1) in the Western Hockey League.

When: Saturday February 4, 7 p.m.

Or: Spokane Arena, Spokane, Washington.

Look: You can stream the game via CHL pay-per-view ($6.99 CDN for one game).

Listen: Audio Portland and Spokane.

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On Friday night, Portland won its 8th straight and 14th in its last 15 games with a 6-0 win over Tri-City. Jaydon Dureau was silent when he returned after 5 games, but they didn’t need him. James Stefan scored two goals. Cross Hanas had three points, giving him 17 in his last 7 games. Taylor Gauthier stopped all 25 shots in a slightly tougher shutout than the one he had against Tri-City last Sunday. This victory allowed Portland to keep four points ahead of Seattle for 3rd place in the Western Conference.

Portland now has its weirdest streak of the season: five straight against Spokane, four of them on the road, three in one trip. It’s actually working pretty well, which is typical of the schedule advantages they’ve had all season. For a four by five stretch of road (actually six by seven if you count the road games with Tri-City that sandwich that stretch), the move they need to make is minimal, and they do so against the bottom two teams in the conference at a time when they are both struggling.

Attackers
20 22-Jaydon Dureau (186 games)
19 11-Robbie Fromm-Delorme (160)
18-Tyson Kozak (132)
71-Hanas Cross (175)
18 9-Aidan Litke (48)
13-James Stefan (97)
16-Gabe Klassen (91)
21-Jonas Bevington (37)
67-Dawson Pasternak (34)
92-Jack O’Brien (103)
17 17-Luc Schelter (44)
19-Kyle Chyzowski (62)
72-Marcus Nguyen (58)
16 28-Josh Zakreski (10)

Hanas’ torrid streak puts him tied for 17th in the league in points.

Dureau was basically put on the 3rd line on Friday night, a nod to how well Hanas and Kozak played together and perhaps a concession that Dureau wasn’t quite in top form.

Kozak, Klassen, Chyzowski and Hanas are all on 3-game point streaks.

Leading forward: Hanas (47 points/37 games), Kozak (44/42), Stefan (43/42), Klassen (36/42), Dureau (30/23).

Defenders
20 58-Clay Hanus (237)
19 23-Kurtis Smythe (92)
18 6-Ryan McCleary (55)
17 8-Josh Mori (17)
26-Marek Alscher (35)
43-Ryder Thompson (48)
73-Luca Cagnoni (47)

Hanus has a career-high 8-game point streak. He had a previous streak of 7 since the end of last season which was bleeding into this one. Cagnoni has a streak of 3 consecutive games.

Best defenders: Hanus (38/42), Cagnoni (25/37), McCleary (17/37).

Goalkeepers
20 35-Taylor Gauthier (174)
19 31-Dante Giannuzzi (60)

Who goes in this game? Not that it matters, but Gauthier’s only sub-.900 game with Portland was against Spokane. Giannuzzi had three great and two bad games against them. Doesn’t really mean anything. They went with Giannuzzi in the second of a straight game last weekend in one of the biggest games of the season.

Save percentages: Giannuzzi .891, Gauthier .933.

Spokane lost a 4-1 home game to Kelowna on Friday night, after their offense had shown some light in the previous two games, both wins, a 5-4 win over Tri-City and a win over 3-2 in overtime against Prince George. But the offense is still skirmishing. In the previous 7 matches, they scored only 9 goals. 4 of those goals were at Portland when they last met at the Coliseum, a 5-4 overtime loss after Spokane came back to tie the late game.

The bright spots of late have been veteran defender Raegan Wiles, who scored back-to-back wins in wins over TC and PG; and Chase Bertholet, which they acquired from Winnipeg in the trade of Jack Finley. With Spokane struggling to score, he’s had 9 points in his last 6 games, and since being acquired, he’s had 19 points in 19 games. He actually outdid what Finley was doing, and they earned two years and a few draft picks.

The two wins tied them with Tri-City for 9th place, just one point behind Victoria for the final playoff spot. Five straight games against the conference’s 3rd place team probably isn’t welcome, but Tri-City and Victoria’s schedules are arguably tougher; at least Spokane plays a lot of home games.

Attackers
20 8-Hugues Bears (102)
29-Nick McCarry (151)
19 12-Erik Atchison (137)
16-Cade Hayes (109)
20-Reed Jacobson (84)
18 10-Blake Swetlikoff (72)
11-Ty Cheveldayoff (52)
13-Grady Alley (39)
27-Yannick Proske (37)
28-Chase Bertholet (71)
17 17-Carter Street (43)
23-Michael Cicek (18)
16 15-Kooper Gizowski (27)
19-Jake Gudelj (28)

Both Bertholet and Hughes have 3-game point streaks.

McCarry has played 6 of 8 games since arriving from Kamloops. Obviously a huge drop after those first three.

Leading forward: Hughes (37/36), Bertholet (36/44), McCarry (34/42), Hayes (19/43), Proske (18/37), Swetlikoff (18/40).

Defenders
19 6-Mac Gross (70)
25-Raegan Wiles (95)
18 7-Graham Sward (103)
21-Timafey Kovgorenia (26)
17 2-Logan Cunningham (48)
3-Brayden Crampton (32)
16 24-Saige Weinstein (39)

Wiles’ back-to-back winners were the first of his career.

Best defenders: Sward (29/36), Wiles (13/36), Gross (6/27), Weinstein (6/34).

Goalkeepers
18 30-Mason Beaupit (43)
17 31-Manny Panghli (16)

Beaupit had a good game against Prince George but other than that he’s given up 4 or more in his last 8 games. Panghli started the final game against Portland. His game of 32 saves and 37 shots was one of his best.

Save percentages: Beaupit .885, Panghli .848.

Portland Spokane Medium
Registration 26-11-3-2 12-24-3-1
Goal difference +41 -64
Goals/game 3.9 2.6 3.4
Goals against/game 2.9 4.2 3.4
power play 22.2% 21.9% 21.6%
penalty kill 82.5% 75.0% 78.4%
power plays for/game 4.4 3.9 4.1
Power plays versus play 4.1 4.3 4.1
Overcome opponents 28-14 13-27
After 1 period 18-13-11 18-11-11
After 2 periods 19-15-8 14-23-3
Score, last 10 games 49-21 18-53
Score, last 20 games 97-43 52-94

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