What: The Portland Winterhawks (54-18-3-2) take on the Seattle Thunderbirds (50-22-4-2) in Game 6 of their Western Hockey League 2nd round playoff series. The Winterhawks lead the series games 3-2.
When: Monday, May 16, 7 p.m.
Or: access to ShoWare Center, Kent, Washington.
Watch: You can stream the game via CHL pay-per-view ($8.99 CDN for one game).
Listen: Audio Winterhawks and Thunderbirds.
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The Portland Winterhawks find themselves in the best position heading into Game 6, but not by much. They have two shots to win the series. They haven’t lost two in a row since late November and haven’t lost three in a row since early November. That’s what it would take to fail to advance.
That said, there are a few issues. Namely, their goalscoring issues: In the playoffs, they’re averaging 2.6 goals per game and they’ve scored 28 goals in their last 10 games, their worst 10-game streak since mid-November. More precisely, it is their goal with equal force. Of their 12 goals in the series, only 6 have been evenly matched.
Cross Hanas and Tyson Kozak are the only Winterhawks at a point per game, but 1) almost all of their production was in Game 4, and 2) Kozak missed Game 5 and is doubtful for Game 6. 2nd leading scorer James Stefan has 1 point in the series, and outside of Clay Hanus, their defenders have a total of 2 points. They’ve won a lot in these playoffs behind opportunism and Taylor Gauthier, but it’s a tough road to get through the series.
It does seem like Game 6 tends to work a lot of overtime.
|20||22-Jaydon Dureau (219 games)|
|19||11-Robbie Fromm-Delorme (191)
18-Tyson Kozak (164)
71-Hanas Cross (210)
|18||9-Aidan Litke (78)
13-James Stefan (132)
16-Gabe Klassen (126)
21-Jonas Bevington (63)
67-Dawson Pasternak (34)
92-Jack O’Brien (138)
|17||17-Luc Schelter (77)
19-Kyle Chyzowski (97)
72-Marcus Nguyen (93)
|16||15-Nicholas Johnson (2)
28-Josh Zakreski (15)
Dureau had two odd chances in Game 5, but was stopped on both. He has 3 points in 4 games after missing the first.
Not getting much from the last two lines, especially at even strength.
Leading forward: Hanas (93 points/72 games), Stefan (83/77), Kozak (74/74), Klassen (73/77), Dureau (70/56).
|20||58-Clay Hanus (269)|
|19||23-Kurtis Smythe (124)|
|18||6-Ryan McCleary (90)|
|17||8-Josh Mori (44)
26-Marek Alscher (70)
43-Ryder Thompson (81)
73-Luca Cagnoni (82)
Hanus has 3 points in the series.
Best defenders: Hanus (78/74), Cagnoni (39/72), McCleary (30/72).
|20||35-Taylor Gauthier (203)|
|19||31-Dante Giannuzzi (68)|
Gauthier is at .934 in the series.
Save percentages: Gauthier .931, Giannuzzi .891.
They are again trying to win at home to stay alive and are trying to avoid losing three home games in a series for the first time since 2006, a heartbreaking loss to Portland that tied an equally heartbreaking loss to Portland in 2002 , when the Winterhawks lost three games at home. games in Seattle.
They allowed 4 power play goals on 8 disadvantages in the 2 home games, which made all the difference.
Unlike Portland, their defenders have 8 points in the series, and that’s with Samuel Knazko still at zero.
Still, it’s mostly about whether Thomas Milic can match Taylor Gauthier in goal. When he did, they won.
|20||12-Henrik Rybinski (255)
21-Lukas Svejkovsky (228)
|19||29-Jared Davidson (207)
32-Matthew Rempé (120)
|18||15-Mekai Sanders (103)
18-Sam Popowich (104)
24-Reid Schaefer (101)
34-Conner Roulette (141)
47-Lucas Ciona (141)
|17||7-Jordan Gustafson (92)
11-Gabe Ludwig (87)
26-Nico Myatovic (89)
|16||19-Sam Oremba (81)
23-Ethan Mittelsteadt (16)
|15||8-Bryce Pickford (4)|
Svejkovsky leads the series with 7 points after an assist in Game 5. Davidson didn’t score any goals in Game 5 but has 5 overall.
Roulette set up Myatovic for the Game 5 winner.
Rybinski had his ups and downs, he scored the opening goal in Game 5.
Leading forward: Davidson (105/74), Svejkovsky (88/67), Roulette (75/75), Rybinski (73/57), Schaefer (68/76).
|20||27-Ryan Gottfried (196)|
|19||6-Tyrel Bauer (197)
20-Samuel Knazko (37)
44-Chase Lacombe (103)
|18||4-Jérémy Hanzel (96)
5-Leon Okonkwo Prada (50)
|17||14-Kevin Korchinsky (101)|
|16||3-Niko Tsakumis (11)
43-Sawyer Mynio (54)
Korchinski has 3 points in the series, Gottfried and Hanzel with 2 each.
Best defenders: Korchinsky (77/77), Hanzel (37/73), Knazko (24/37).
|18||35-Thomas Milic (68)|
|16||33-Scott Ratzlaff (25)|
Milic is at .926 against .934 for Gauthier. I think before the series, the Thunderbirds would have taken that and could have expected to lead 3-2 if that was the case.
Save percentages: Milic .914, Ratzlaff .904.
|power plays for/game||4.1||4.2||4.0|
|Power plays versus play||4.0||4.2||4.0|
|After 1 period||38-21-18||39-21-18|
|After 2 periods||43-21-13||45-19-14|
|Score, last 10 matches||28-17||36-22|
|Score, last 20 games||76-49||83-46|
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