Winterhawks 2017 Preseason Wrap-up
The Winterhawks concluded their 2017 preseason on Saturday in Kennewick with a 6-2 win over Red Deer. With the victory, the Hawks finished the preseason on a three game winning streak and ended up with a 4-2 record. Below are the final scores for all six games:
Sept 1st – Portland 7 – Spokane 3 – Everett, WA
Sept 2nd – Tri-City 9 – Portland 3 – Everett, WA
Sept 3rd – Everett 5 – Portland 4 – Everett, WA
Sept 7th – Portland 6 – Spokane 5 (SO) – Kennewick, WA
Sept 8th – Portland 8 – Kootenay 3 – Kennewick, WA
Sept 9th – Portland 6 – Red Deer 2 – Kennewick, WA
With many of Portland’s returning players at NHL training camps, it was the Hawks’ rookies that stole much of the preseason spotlight. 2001-born forward Reece Newkirk scored twice in the preseason opener against Spokane and finished with five points in five games. Rookie defenseman and Minnesota born Clay Hanus, had five points and currently sits 2nd in scoring among WHL rookie defensemen.
2000-born Ty Kolle, who played 13 games with Portland last season, tied for the team lead in goals with four and finished with six points. In net, 16-year-old goaltender Evan Fradette was dominant in his final start of the preseason against the Kootenay Ice, making 38 saves in a win.
Returning forward Jake Gricius, who’s coming off a strong 2016-17 rookie campaign, led all Winterhawks in scoring with eight points. Gricius ended up scoring in four of the five games he played. On the backend, defenseman Matthew Quigley totaled seven points, which currently leads all WHL D-men.
With a total of 11 Winterhawks involved in NHL Training and Rookie Camps, many returning players only dressed for one or two games. Forward Skyler McKenzie had one goal and three assists in just two games. While defenseman Henri Jokiharju had three points in two games.
Portland ended up averaging nearly six goals a game this preseason and outscored their opponents 34-27.
The Winterhawks now look towards the regular season, which begins September 23rd on the road against the Everett Silvertips. Portland’s home opener is September 30th at the Moda Center against the Seattle Thunderbirds! Tickets are available now HERE!