Tri-City Americans at Portland Winterhawks: Preview, Updates, Discussion, How to Listen and Watch the Stream

What: The Portland Winter Falcon (2-2-0-1) face the Americans from the three cities (2-2) in action in the Western Hockey League.

When: Saturday October 16, 6 p.m.

Or: Memorial Colosseum.

To concern: You can stream the game through the CHL TV pay per view (CA $ 6.99 for a game).

Listen: Hawk-winter and Americans audio.

To follow:

The Portland Winterhawks have won back-to-back wins after dropping their first three, but weren’t convincing in their two wins. Part of that is because both wins are defensive in nature, which is very different from the Portland teams we’ve seen in the past. On Sunday, they won 3-0 over Spokane, taking advantage of a poor goalie to take the lead, then ending the game in the middle, then relying on Dante Giannuzzi late to complete his shutout. It’s still a question of where the goals come from. Seth Jarvis would be an answer, but the NHL first-rounder appears to be sticking with the Carolina Hurricanes a little longer. Worryingly (but maybe not really) the Winterhawks removed him from the official roster during the week. Only the most optimistic fan would think he’s a league contender without him. But they continue without him, trying to avenge their loss to Ams at the start of the season.

19 11-Robbie Fromm-Delorme (149 parts)
18-Tyson Kozak (95)
71-Croix Hanas (143)
18 9-Aidan Litke (15)
13-James Stefan (60)
16-Gabe Klassen (54)
21-Jonas Bevington (14)
67-Dawson Pasternak (5)
92-Jack O’Brien (66)
17 17-Luc Schelter (11)
19-Kyle Chyzowski (25)
72-Marcus Nguyen (21)

Portland needs WHL first-round player Klassen.

Hanas has scored in four of the five games.

Forward: Hanas (5 points / 5 games), Stefan (5/5), O’Brien (3/5), Fromm-Delorme (2/5), Litke (2/5), Klassen (2/5), Schelter ( 2/5), Nguyen (2/5).

20 2-Kade Nolan (113)
27-Jonas Brøndberg (70)
58-Clay Hanus (200)
19 23-Kurtis Smythe (58)
18 6-Ryan McCleary (23)
44-Brody Tallman (10)
17 8-Josh Mori (1)
26-Marek Alscher (4)
43-Ryder Thompson (19)
73-Luca Cagnoni (15)

McCleary had a good game last Sunday after struggling previously. Smythe and Thompson played well defensively as a duet.

Brøndberg is still week to week on the injury report.

Leading defenders: Hanus (5/5), Cagnoni (2/5), McCleary (1/5), Thompson (1/5).

19 31-Dante Giannuzzi (37)
18 70-Lochlan Gordon (1)

Giannuzzi is expected to start with just one game this weekend.

Save percentages: Giannuzzi .900, Gordon .933.

The Americans beat the Winterhawks on opening night, 5-4 in a shootout after losing a 3-0 lead. Since then, they have played three games with Spokane, winning one and losing two. Friday night at Kennewick, they were shut out 3-0, being outscored 33-18.

They arrive in Portland with a stronger roster than they did in their opening night victory. Samuel Huo, 20, was listed as a weekly on the injury record, but he played his first game of the season on Friday. They were missing a lot of defensemen in their last game with the Winterhawks, but they’re back now.

With a fairly veteran defense and two potentially strong goalkeepers, you’d think goal prevention would be a strength, but that hasn’t happened so far. Part of the problem is their penalty kill, the worst in the league and allowing 9 of their 15 allowed goals. If they fix that, they could be a good defensive team.

20 12-Samuel Huo (221)
19-Connor Bouchard (224)
19 26-Landon Roberts (59)
18 22-Parker Bell (65)
23-Tyson Green Lane (74)
83-Pierre Moravec (4)
17 11-Andrew Fan (0)
15-Jake Sloan (24)
18-Dwayne Jean Jr. (4)
27-Rhett Melnyk (23)
60-Elouann Lemonnier (4)
16 9-Drew freer (3)
24-Deagan McMillan (3)
25-Tanner Gould (3)

Huo is back after a shortened season where he averaged one point per game.

Sloan and Freer each had playing fouls against Spokane and may therefore be suspended; Freer’s was actually a match penalty for intent to injure himself.

Forward: Bell (4/4), Voie Verte (3/4), Moravec (3/4), Melnyk (3/4), Lemonnier (3/4).

20 5-Mitchell Brown (159)
19 4-Ian Ferguson (52)
18 6-Bryson Andregg (19)
7-Carson Haynes (14)
28-Marc Lajoie (89)
37-Alex Serraglio (10)
17 3-Ben Feenan (6)
16 2-Lukas Dragicevic (10)

Brown, Haynes and Ferguson did not play in the first game against the Winterhawks. Brown and Ferguson would normally be obvious choices in the lineup.

Leading defenders: Dragicevic (2/4), Feenan (1/3), Andregg (1/4), Lajoie (1/4), Serraglio (1/4).

19 31-Talyn Boyko (52)
18 1-Tomas Suchanek (1)
17 35-Nick Avakyan (0)

Suchanek played really well in his only game, and with the Americans in a back-to-back, he could get the nod on normal start Boyko, who received a star in Friday night’s loss.

Save percentages: Boyko .881, Suchanek .933.

Hawk-winter Americans Mean
Save 2-2-0-1 2-2
Goal difference -2 -4
Goals / game 2.4 2.8 3.2
Authorized goals / match 2.8 3.8 3.2
Power play 20.7% 11.1% 20.4%
Kill from the penalty spot 91.3% 62.5% 79.6%
Power play for / play 5.8 4.5 4.5
Power plays against / play 4.6 6.0 4.5
Pass opponents 3-2 0-4
Score, last 10 matches 42-26 26-46
Score, last 20 matches 77-58 55-81

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