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 Kamloops Blazers. Follow along to tonight’s game live in our Game Center.
The Winterhawks are back in action again with a day game this Monday afternoon. It’s Family Day in the province of British Columbia, with four of the five B.C. Division teams hosting U.S. Division foes this afternoon. The Hawks will wrap up their four game season series today with the Kamloops Blazers today. So far, the Hawks have picked up five of a possible six points against the Blazers this season, including wins in both games played in the Rose City.
The Hawks’ lineup gets a boost today with captain Keegan Iverson returning to the forward lines today for the first time since January 13th. Iverson missed exactly one month with his lower-body injury. He enters play today riding a six-game point streak, picking up a point in each game from December 17th to January 13. Iverson has already set a career-high with his 46 points in 39 games played this season.
With Iverson drawing back into the Winterhawks’ lineup, it will be interesting to see where the coaching staff ends up slotting him into the lineup. The right wing has been a position of strength this season, with Iverson, Evan Weinger, Joachim Blichfeld and Colton Veloso all with 16 or more goals this season.
The Hawks’ offense has been firing on all cylinders lately. No Winterhawk has been on a better run than Joachim Blichfeld, who’s got 6 goals and 8 points in his last five games. Blichfeld enters play today coming off back-to-back two goal performances. With Iverson returning to the lineup, it will be interesting to see if Mike Johnston keeps Ryan Hughes, Alex Overhardt and Blichfeld together today. Blichfeld saw shifts with that line as well as Cody Glass and Skyler McKenzie in Saturday’s 8-5 loss in Seattle.
Portland is two points back of Tri-City for 3rd in the U.S. Division entering play today. The Americans visit the Vancouver Giants today in a matinee game. Meanwhile, the Spokane Chiefs visit the Prince George Cougars for back-to-back games today and tomorrow. Spokane is 8 points back of the Hawks for the second wild-card position in the Western Conference.