What: The Portland Winterhawks (41-15-3-2) take on the Everett Silvertips (42-10-3-5) in the Western Hockey League.
When: Saturday March 26, 6 p.m.
Or: Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett, Washington.
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The Winterhawks took care of business Friday night with a 7-1 home win over the Tri-City Americans. They scored two in the opening two minutes to put most comeback hopes to bed, and were left with four in the 1st half. Gabe Klassen led with 2 goals and 2 assists.
Most of Friday’s focus would have been to stay ready for Saturday against the conference-leading Silvertips. It was successful. Now they have two games in Everett, Saturday and next Friday, and a game with them in Portland to end their regular season in April. To catch Everett, they’ll have to win all three, and probably win all three in regulation time. Everett’s magic number to clinch the division is 5 wins, and they have 4 games with Spokane and Tri-City. It would take a big meltdown, and Portland hopes to trigger that meltdown in their next two head-to-head games.
|20||22-Jaydon Dureau (205 games)|
|19||11-Robbie Fromm-Delorme (175)
18-Tyson Kozak (151)
71-Hanas Cross (194)
|18||9-Aidan Litke (66)
13-James Stefan (116)
16-Gabe Klassen (110)
21-Jonas Bevington (52)
67-Dawson Pasternak (34)
92-Jack O’Brien (122)
|17||17-Luc Schelter (61)
19-Kyle Chyzowski (81)
72-Marcus Nguyen (77)
Numbers 71 and 72, Hanas and Nguyen, each have a 4 game streak with at least one point. Nguyen has just 2 points in 9 games against the Tips, but they were both on Jan. 1, his first multi-point game, and that got him going. Since that date, he has amassed 25 points in 31 games. So it brings some hope. Hanas is tied for 8th in the league in points.
Leading forward: Hanas (77 points/56 games), Stefan (72/61), Kozak (66/61), Klassen (57/61), Dureau (56/42).
|20||58-Clay Hanus (256)|
|19||23-Kurtis Smythe (110)|
|18||6-Ryan McCleary (74)|
|17||8-Josh Mori (29)
26-Marek Alscher (54)
43-Ryder Thompson (65)
73-Luca Cagnoni (66)
They had goals Friday from Hanus and Thompson, Thompson’s first career WHL goal, and assists from Smythe and Cagnoni.
Best defenders: Hanus (65/61), Cagnoni (33/56), McCleary (27/56).
|20||35-Taylor Gauthier (188)|
|19||31-Dante Giannuzzi (67)|
Gauthier gives Portland a huge advantage in goal; we’ll have to see how much that means. He rested in the third period on Friday in preparation for Saturday’s game.
Save percentages: Gauthier .935, Giannuzzi .892.
The Silvertips minded their own business on Friday with a 7-2 win over Spokane. Niko Huuhtanen had a hat trick, and Michal Gut and Jackson Berezowski each had 3 points.
Everett and Portland have only played twice since the new year, Portland’s two wins the Silvertips would have considered games to miss. It’s a different Silvertips team this season, with offensive attacks and defensive numbers that match Portland’s. They don’t know their goalie and they’re missing one of the best defenders in the league. And and, they still run the conference.
|20||18-Hunter Campbell (221)
90-Alex Swetlikoff (171)
|19||11-Jacob Wright (132)
15-Ryan Hofer (81)
17-Jackson Berezowski (214)
62-Michal Gut (96)
|18||29-Vincent Lamanna (38)
88-Niko Huuhtanen (57)
9-Ben Hemmerling (71)
10-Beau Courtney (48)
12-Caden Zaplitny (30)
14-Austin Roest (75)
19-Matthew Ng (50)
|16||13-Roan Woodward (39)|
Swetlikoff has a 15-game point streak, with 8 goals and 14 assists. The imports, Gut and Huuhtanen, each have 4-game point streaks. Huuhtanen in his last 9 games has 7 goals and 9 assists. Berezowski is solid as always, and 20-year-old deep Campbell has a 3-game point streak.
Leading forward: Swetlikoff (73/60), Huuhtanen (72/57), Berezowski (70/55), Gut (61/45), Hofer (58/59).
|20||26-Jonny Lambos (179)|
|19||8-Ronan Seeley (196)
21-Dylan Anderson (140)
44-Aidan Sutter (113)
|18||6-Ty Gibson (76)
48-Olen Zellweger (119)
|17||4-Dexter Whittle (38)|
|16||5-Eric Jamieson (7)|
Zellweger only has 6 points in 7 games against Portland, which is one of the main reasons they lost more than they won. In his last 4 games, he has 1 goal and 9 assists.
They’ll have to rely on him as Seeley, their other Team Canada defenseman, is out week after week after taking a hit from Adam Hall. And we’ll see for Lambos, who had a major boarding and game misconduct on Friday that usually results in a suspension by default.
Best defenders: Zellweger (69/49), Seeley (41/48), Anderson (20/60).
|19||35-Koen MacInnes (63)|
|18||40-Braden Holt (43)|
|17||31-Evan May (2)|
It’s not quite settled. MacInnes has played the last three games, with Holt, who has struggled with injuries, healthy enough to be the substitute. The opposition could explain that. Holt has played three of four before that, and when healthy has generally won games against the toughest opposition. Neither has played well enough yet to say “he’s my guy” for the playoffs.
Save percentages: Holt .911, MacInnes .906, May .875.
|winter falcons||silver spikes||Average|
|power plays for/game||4.2||4.3||4.0|
|Power plays versus play||4.1||4.0||4.0|
|After 1 period||30-17-14||31-8-21|
|After 2 periods||32-19-10||42-11-7|
|Score, last 10 games||47-25||43-26|
|Score, last 20 games||106-44||85-53|
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