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Game Day Hub: December 14

Portland Winterhawks vs. Tri-City Americans

Portland enters the Saturday night match-up as the top team in the U.S. Division having won five straight December games. Meanwhile, Tri-City has just one win in their last ten games and they will look to find their offense against the Winterhawks during their annual Teddy Bear Toss game.

Puck Drop: 7:05 p.m. PT
Venue: Toyota Center (Kennewick, WA)

Listen Live: Winterhawks Radio Network and on the Winterhawks App.
Watch Live: WHL Live


FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score

The Portland Winterhawks travel to Kennewick for the first time this season and the two teams will face each other for the first time since Portland beat Tri-City 6-1 in their home opener.

Portland is the WHL’s hottest team entering Saturday night, operating on a five game winning streak and going 9-1-0-0 in their last ten games. The Hawks are looking to climb the leaderboard after coming in at eighth on the CHL Top Ten rankings.

Reece Newkirk is one of the hottest Hawks with points in his last six games and he is coming off another three point night, the ninth such game in his WHL career. The biggest weapon for the Americans is Colorado Avalanche prospect Sasha Mutala. He has 30 points in 27 games this season and he scored last night to end a ten game goal-scoring drought.

Rookie Edge Lambert ranks a few slots behind Winterhawks Simon Knak in the rookie scoring leaderboard. Lambert has four goals and two assists in his last five games.

Last night, the Winterhawks came back from a third period deficit for just the second time this season as they beat Everett 3-2 in overtime to improve to 3-0-0-0 against the ‘Tips this year. On that same regard, the Americans have never come back from a game they have trailed after 40 minutes of play (0-9-0-0).

Tonight is the second of eight meetings this season between Portland and Tri-City.


PROJECTED LINE-UP:

Portland

Reece Newkirk – Jake Gricius – Robbie Fromm-Delorme
Lane Gilliss – Gabe Klassen – Mason Mannek
Jaydon Dureau – Jack O’Brien – Seth Jarvis
Cross Hanas – Tyson Kozak – James Stefan

Matthew Quigley – Johnny Ludvig
Kade Nolan – Clay Hanus
Kurtis Smythe – Nick Cicek
Ryder Thompson (AP)

Dante Giannuzzi (AP)
Isaiah DiLaura

Scratches (alphabetically): Jonas Brøndberg (Team Denmark), Kishaun Gervais, Joel Hofer (Team Canada), Simon Knak (Team Switzerland)

Tri-City

Nick Bowman – Krystof Hrabik – Sasha Mutala
Edge Lambert – Connor Bouchard – Blake Stevenson
Parker Bell – Sam Huo – Paycen Bjorklund
Landon Roberts – Tyson Greenway – Kaden Kohle

Marc Lajoie – Luke Zazula
Samuel Stewart – Jayden Platz
Bryan McAndrews – Tom Cadieux

Talyn Boyko
Beck Warm

Scratches (alphabetically): Mitchell Brown, Jan Cikhart, Booker Daniel, Ian Ferguson, Kyle Olson


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