Winterhawks Game Day Preview: Portland at Seattle – Game #65

Ben Ludeman

Portland (39-20-1-4) at Seattle (30-24-8-2)  – 5:00 p.m. – ShoWare Center, Kent, WA


TV: Portland’s CW

This is the 10th meeting between Seattle and Portland this season. The Hawks currently lead the season series between the two teams 6-0-1-2. Portland is 3-0-1-0 on the road in Seattle this year. The Hawks enter tonight with points in their last five games (4-0-0-1).

PREVIOUS GAME: Winterhawks 5 at Americans 0: Shane Farkas recorded his second straight shutout as Portland blanked the Americans 5-0 in Kennewick on Saturday.

Portland got on the board first, with Kieffer Bellows tapping home a Dennis Cholowski pass to give Portland a 1-0 lead. Less than five minutes later, Skyler McKenzie fed Cody Glass in the slot, who then buried his 32nd of the season to make it 2-0.

In the second, the Hawks extended their lead to three, when Glass scored his second of the game just 1:17 into the period. For Glass, it was his 33rd of the season, which gives him a new career high. Lane Gilliss extended Portland’s lead to four on a gorgeous tip on a Henri Jokiharju point shot.

In the third, it was Gilliss again scoring for Portland just 2:06 into the period. Gricius found Gilliss in alone on a breakaway, who then beat Patrick Dea shelf to make it 5-0. Shane Farkas held the fort the rest of the way for Portland, ending up with 30 saves to record his second straight shutout. He is the first Winterhawks goaltender to record back-to-back shutouts since Adin Hill did it on January 3rd and 4th in 2015. Portland improved to 39-20-1-4 overall on the season and 22-8-1-1 on the road.

TODAY’S OPPONENT: Apparently, Seattle loves playing past regulation. For three straight games now, the Thunderbirds have gone to either overtime or a shootout. Over that span they are 2-0-1-0, with their only loss coming last night in OT against Everett.

The Thunderbirds took down the Hawks 5-4 in a shootout on Friday. It was the fourth time this season that Portland and Seattle have gone past regulation time to decide a winner. Zach Andrusiak had two goals and four points in the Seattle victory, and also registered the shootout winning goal.

Noah Philp had three points for Seattle in their victory over Portland on Friday. Philp enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak and has eight points over that span.

Goaltender Liam Hughes made 36 saves and allowed four goals on Friday versus Portland, but was even better last night against Everett. The 18-year old goaltender made 44 saves last night in a losing cause, to raise his season save-percentage to .908.

WINTERHAWKS TO KEEP AN EYE ON: Henri Jokiharju had three assists last night for Portland in their 5-0 victory over Tri-City. The Finnish defenseman now leads all Hawks in assists with 54 apples on the season, which is good for 9th most in the WHL.

Cody Glass extended his point streak to six games last night with a pair of goals. Glass has 33 markers this season now, which surpasses the career high he set last season of 32.

Shane Farkas recorded his second straight shutout last night in Kennewick. He became the first goaltender since Adin Hill to pick up back-to-back shutouts, Hill did it January 3rd and 4th in 2015. In 2018, Farkas is 9-1-0-0 with a 1.55 GAA, .947 SV% and three shutouts. However, he has not played exceptionally well against Seattle, recording a 4.00 GAA in four games played.

STAT OF THE DAY: Head Coach Mike Johnston will be behind the bench for his 500th regular season Western Hockey League game tonight. His overall record sits at 310-160-12-17.

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

Winterhawks: 6-0-1-2                  Thunderbirds: 3-5-0-1

This Year’s Season Series:

09/30/17 – Seattle 2 @ Portland 6

10/07/17 – Portland 10 @ Seattle 5

12/30/17 – Portland 3 @ Seattle 4 (OT) 

12/31/17 – Seattle 4 @ Portland 3 (SO)

01/09/18 – Portland 3 @ Seattle 2 (SO)

01/13/18 – Seattle 4 @ Portland 5

02/10/18 – Portland 4 @ Seattle 1

02/11/18 – Seattle 3 @ Portland 5

03/02/18 – Seattle 5 @ Portland 4 (SO)

03/04/18 – Portland @ Seattle

03/16/18 – Seattle @ Portland

03/17/18 – Portland @ Seattle

Portland has two more road games before they return home next Saturday, March 10th, when the Hawks take on the Tri-City Americans. On that night, the Winterhawks will be honoring the 1998 Memorial Cup winning team. Grab your tickets HERE!

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