The Portland Winterhawks collected their sixth shutout of the season, beating the Red Deer Rebels 2-0 in front of a nearly sold out Moda Center crowd.
Both teams traded chances through 40 minutes of play, but the Hawks broke through in third period. Seth Jarvis moved a puck to Jared Freadrich for a point shot 41 seconds in to the final frame to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
Joel Hofer locked things down for his third shutout of the year, stopping all 25 shots he faced in the win. Cody Glass returned to the lineup after an eight game absence and netted the empty net goal to secure the 2-0 win, his 14th goal of the season.
- Joel Hofer improves to 6-4-0 with two shutouts with Portland, a .917 save percentage and a 2.83 goals against average.
- Jared Freadrich recorded a two-point game (G-A) for his 23rd multi-point game in the WHL. He already set a career high with 37 points this season and is two goals away from tying the 12 he put up last year in Victoria.
- The mascots were out in full force tonight to enjoy the 9,487 fans, though the Portland Jr. Winterhawks beat the mascots 3-1 during the intermission game.
- Sunday is a Battle with Seattle, the inaugural Hockey Challenge Day and Wawanesa Insurance Night. The game starts at 4:00 p.m.
THE BOX SCORE (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Joel Hofer with 25 saves.
RD: Ethan Anders with 27 saves.