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Winterhawks Game Day Preview: Portland at Spokane – Game #12

Ben Ludeman

Fresh off a home-and-home win against Vancouver last weekend, the Winterhawks are looking to remain undefeated on the road in October when they face Spoknae on Friday night.

Puck Drop: 7:05 p.m.

Venue: Spokane Arena

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Watch: WHL Live or at our official watch party, Buffalo Wild Wings in Hazel Dell.

PREVIOUS GAME – Winterhawks 2 vs Giants 1 – OT: Portland completed the sweep against the Vancouver Giants in the home-and-home series with a 2-1 overtime victory on Saturday night. The Hawks improved to 7-3-0-1 this year as alternate captain Brendan De Jong netted the game winner 1:16 into the overtime period.

The Hawks picked up right where they left off on Friday night and jumped to a first period lead on the road. The Winterhawks generated a rush up the boards and Jaydon Dureau made a tremendous pass through two Giants sticks to find Reece Newkirk on the left side for his eighth goal of the season.

It was a relatively quiet second period, but the Giants found the back of the net on a rebound to tie the game at one. Rookie forward Yannik Valenti scored his first of his WHL career. Only 11 shots were taken in the third period and neither team could find the back of the net.

For the second time this season, the Hawks went to overtime, and tonight, they ended on the winning side. Vancouver got the first prime scoring chance of the 3-on-3 period, but Shane Farkas was equal to the task. The game winner came just after a minute in as Brendan De Jong skated into the zone on the left wing side, took a hard backhanded shot on Trent Miner’s pads and buried an impossible rebound over the goaltenders shoulders.

TODAY’S OPPONENT:

The Hawks take on the Spokane Chiefs for the first time this season on Friday night. It is the first of six regular season meetings between the two clubs.

Last year, Portland went 5-2-0-1 against the Chiefs during the regular season. It will be the first time they have faced each other since the opening round of the WHL Playoffs where Portland won the seven game series.

The Chiefs boast a strong top six forward corp with former 25 goal scorer Riley Woods, San Jose Sharks product Jake McGrew and the WHL’s leading rookie scorer Adam Beckman. Spokane got instrumentally stronger with the return of Jaret Anderson-Dolan from the Los Angeles Kings. The former 2nd round NHL draft pick played five games with Los Angeles before they opted to send him back to Spokane for one final year of juniors. Last season, Anderson-Dolan scored 42 goals and 100 points in 77 games.

With his return, head coach Dan Lambert wasted no time naming Anderson-Dolan a co-captain with defenseman Ty Smith. Smith, the New Jersey Devils first round selection in the most recent NHL Draft, ranks second among WHL defenseman with 16 points. He was also recognized as a First Team All-Star a season ago and was the WHL Scholastic Player of the Year.

This will be Spokane’s first home game since October 6th. They made the trek to Saskatchewan to play the six eastern Canadian teams, winning just two of those games. However, the Chiefs are 2-0-0-1 playing at the Spokane Arena this season.

LES SCHWAB STAT LINE:

Winterhawks forward Reece Newkirk currently has the longest goal streak in the WHL at four straight games.

The next home games will be on Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th against the Kamloops Blazers. Individual tickets are now on sale. Be sure to visit winterhawks.com/tickets for full details on pricing and availability.

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