Winterhawks Game Day Preview: Portland vs. Tri-City – Game #34

Gary Peterson

Portland (21-11-0-1) vs. Tri-City (18-10-3-0) – 7:00 p.m. PST – Veterans Memorial Coliseum



The Winterhawks take on the Tri-City Americans for just the second time this season. Portland came away with a 5-2 win in their first matchup with Tri-City in November at the Moda Center.

PREVIOUS GAME: Winterhawks 3 at Silvertips 8: The Winterhawks took on the Silvertips in their final game before the Christmas break but came up short as Everett took home an 8-3 win.

The Hawks came out flying, much like the night before against Spokane, and quickly got on the board with a goal from Skyler McKenzie. Cody Glass and Ryan Hughes picked up the assists, for Hughes, it was his first point since returning from injury. But Everett came right back tying things at one midway through the period. After Everett took a 2-1 lead, McKenzie scored his second of the night to knot things at two after 20 minutes.

In the second, the Silvertips scored five unanswered to take a 7-2 lead into the third period.

In the final frame, Jake Gricius potted his fifth of the season to make it a four-goal game. The Silvertips would add one more to make it an 8-3 final.

TODAY’S OPPONENT: The Americans enter tonight’s game on a three-game winning streak. They currently sit 3rd in the U.S. Division, four points back of the Winterhawks.

Forward Morgan Geekie leads the Americans in points with 40. Jordan Topping and Michael Rasmussen both have 16 goals, which leads Tri-City.

The Americans top defenseman Juuso Valimaki is currently at the World Junior Championship in Buffalo, which means the Americans will have to rely heavily on 19-year old D-man Dylan Coghlan.

WINTERHAWKS TO KEEP AN EYE ON: In Portland’s last game before the break, Skyler McKenzie scored twice to improve his season goal total to 23. With Kieffer Bellows and Joachim Blichfeld both at the World Juniors, McKenzie will have to continue his hot play.

Since returning from Team Canada’s training camp, Cody Glass has four points in two games. 15-year old forward Seth Jarvis remains with the team past the holiday break. In his lone WHL game this season, Jarvis looked very comfortable and will look to improve upon a strong debut.

STAT OF THE DAY: Ryan Hughes is averaging a point-per-game against the Americans with 10 points in his last 10 games versus Tri-City.

Here’s how the two teams have played head-to-head this season:

Winterhawks: 1-0-0-0                Americans: 0-1-0-0

This Year’s Season Series:
11/11/17 – Tri-City 2 @ Portland 5

27/12/17 – Tri-City @ Portland

29/12/17 – Portland @ Tri-City

12/01/18 – Portland @ Tri-City

02/02/18 – Portland @ Tri-City

03/02/18 – Tri-City @ Portland

09/02/18 – Tri-City @ Portland

27/02/18 – Portland @ Tri-City

03/03/18 – Portland @ Tri-City

10/03/18 – Tri-City @ Portland

The Winterhawks are on the road for two games after tonight’s contest. The next time Portland is at home is the New Year’s Eve Game, when the Hawks host the Seattle Thunderbirds. Get your tickets HERE!

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