When: Saturday October 8, 6 p.m.
where: Memorial Amphitheater.
Watch: You can stream the game via CHL TV pay per view ($6.10 for one game).
We don’t yet have a good understanding of how good Portland Winterhawks are. They took three exams and passed all of them, but it’s not clear how difficult those exams were. The Kamloops Blazers were missing the top two lines, the Kelowna Rockets were fine but we don’t know how good they were either, and the Tri-City American was a tired team with a lot of holes. The quizzes were more like online clickbait tests on whether William Shatner starred in Mod Squad than the pub quiz.
that they may be Get a little better this weekend, as Medicine Hat grabs a surprise win at Everett, and then Portland has a poor schedule at Spokane on Sunday. They should remain the favorites in every game, and if they have thoughts of being a top team, they should be 6-0 before next Saturday’s game at home with the mighty Kamloops.
|20||11- Ruby Froome-Delorme (196 games)|
|19||92- Jack O’Brien (143)
13- James Stephen (135)
16. Gaby Klassen (131)
9- Aidan Letke (79)
21- Jonah Bevington (67)
67- Dawson Pasternak (37)
|18||19- Kyle Chizhovsky (102)
72- Marcos Nguyen (97)
77- Luke Shelter (81)
|17||28- Josh Zackersky (19)
93- Nicholas Johnson (5)
20-Aiden Sotas (1)
|16||90- Diego Patazoni (3)|
Klassen still leads the league with 7 goals despite playing in only 3 matches. Both he and Fromm-Delorme have points in all three matches.
Nguyen missed Saturday’s game, breaking 81 consecutive games. Litke has not played a game all season due to injury.
Leading attackers: Klassen (7 points/3 matches), Froome-Delorme (4/3), O’Brien (3/3), Stefan (2/1), Nguyen (2/2), Chizovsky (2/3), Shelter (2/ 3).
|20||47-Curtis Smith (129)|
|19||6. Ryan McCleary (93)|
|18||73- Luca Cagnoni (87)
43- Ryder Thompson (86)
26- Marek Elsher (73)
2- Josh Morey (47)
27- Nicholas Androsiak (1)
|17||59- Carter Sutheran (3)
14- Rhett Ravendal (1)
|16||91- Alex Thompson (2)|
I’m a little surprised they haven’t lowered the list yet
Defense leaders: Cagnoni (4/3), Sutheran (3/3), Ryder Thompson (2/3).
|20||74- Dante Gianossi (70)|
|18||31 – January Punar (1)|
You might think all of them are going to get a game this weekend, but who gets any of them?
Save percentages: Giannuzi .917, Moon .913.
How bad was Medicine Hat Tiger last season? They traded Lukas Svejkovsky to Seattle over the Christmas holidays, and he’s still ultimately their top scorer. They were 11-53-3-1, had the worst record in the league by 18 points, and scored 25 fewer goals than any other team.
It looks a lot better this season. They’ve split 4 games so far, but scored 5.3 goals per game, an increase of 134% from last season. One of their losses was Winnipeg, who were undefeated in the league, which is not a disgrace, but even in that game they outperformed on the ice. And they didn’t actually flip the list; By and large, it was the players who took their blocks last season and are playing well.
They began their western journey with a surprise victory over Everett on Friday. 16-year-old Kayden Lindstrom earned the first two points of his WHL career, teaming up with 20-year-old Dalon Millen and Alex Drover, a former QMJHL first-round pick. Andrew Pasha’s goal in the last minute of the second was the match winner, giving him 8 points in 4 matches after he scored 14 in 48 last season.
They are trying to support that game in Portland, as the Eastern Conference first team has been playing Winterhawks since February 16, 2020. They haven’t played Winterhawks since October 8, 2019, and they haven’t been to Portland since February 10. , 2019, and I haven’t been to the Colosseum since Dec 4, 2016.
|20||21- Dallon Millen (203)
39- Brendan Lee (127)
14- Alex Drover (4)
|19||29- Owen McNeill (135)|
|18||7. Oasis Whispers (91)
6- Oren Ström (86)
17- Brayden Boom (84)
11- Tyler Mackenzie (75)
|17||34- Andrew Pasha (52)
16- Hunter St. Martin (19)
19- Shane Smith (15)
20-Crew Hanas (3)
|16||26- Thomas Mersic (11)
28- Kayden Lindstrom (9)
This will actually be Drover’s 200th game in the CHL, having played in 195 games for Cape Breton, St John and Rimouski.
Lee was an ex of Everett and a former MacNeil of Spokane.
Leading attackers: Pasha (8/4), Wiesblatt (5/4), Mackenzie (4/4), Lee (3/4), Drover (3/4), McNeil (3/4), Strom (3/4).
|19||15- Drew Krebs (147)
3- Rhett Parsons (87)
27- Bogdan Hodas (61)
|18||12-Pavel Bocharov (89)|
|17||2- Red Andreessen (79)
22- Josh van Mulligen (17)
10. Blake Ecrin-Bratton (0)
|15th||4- Matt Baranich (0)|
One of the main reasons for their offensive recovery is because they get points from their defense. They also have crepes that are formulated in the NHL.
Defense leaders: Houdas (6/4), Parsons (5/4), Andersen (5/4).
|19||35- Beckett Langko (34)|
|16||33- Ethan McCallum (0)|
Winterhawks may get a reserve goalkeeper repeatedly? McCallum had not yet made his WHL debut. With Langkow playing on Friday this could be the day. It’s a second-round pick, so it might be tougher than some of the backups Portland has faced.
Save percentages: Langkou .884.
|Goals / Match||4.3||5.3||3.4|
|play the power of the game /||2.3||5.3||4.4|
|Play the force against / game||5.0||5.8||4.4|
|after one time||2-0-1||2-0-2|
|after two periods||2-1||2-2|
|Record your last 10 matches||29-27||28-47|
|Record the last 20 matches||71-49||47-91|
|Total WHL Games||1689||1428|