Each Game Day Winterhawks’ play-by-play voice Todd Vrooman will be giving you notes pertaining to that night’s matchup. Tonight, he looks at the Hawks visiting the Spokane Chiefs. Follow along to tonight’s game live in our Game Center.
The Hawks and Chiefs have played three offensive slug-fests in their last three meetings. The teams have combined for 31 goals in the last three games. The depth scoring has really rose to the forefront in the head-to-head matchup, while the top lines for each team have also delivered. This combination has resulted in explosive offensive affairs, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the teams combine for plenty of goals tonight.
For Cody Glass and Skyler McKenzie the 2016-17 season has been a breakout one. Glass enters play tonight with a team-leading 73 points, and reached the 100-point plateau for his WHL career with his two assists on Wednesday night against Spokane. Glass is the league’s leading 17-year-old scorer, six points ahead of Swift Current’s Aleksi Heponiemi.
McKenzie, meanwhile, has far exceeded his offensive output of his first two seasons in the WHL. His 34 goals is sixth in the WHL, and his nine goals in the calendar year of 2017 is tied for first on the Winterhawks with Ryan Hughes. McKenzie leads the Hawks with nine power play goals, helping to propel the Winterhawks to a power play ranked in the top-5 in the WHL.
The Hawks will head back out on the road tomorrow and Monday for games against Seattle and Kamloops. While the Hawks have had success in recent weeks against both of those teams, Seattle have not lost in regulation for 10 games, and the Blazers have picked up points in 8 of their last ten games. Portland know with a win tonight they’ll be able to pick up an 11-point cushion over Spokane again ahead of that pair of tricky road contests.