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Game Day Hub: December 3

Portland Winterhawks vs. Prince George Cougars

The Winterhawks make the trek to Prince George for their only weekend visit of the season. The Hawks sit tied for first in the U.S. Division and they face a Cougars team that has just three wins in their last 15 games.

Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. PT
Venue: CN Centre (Prince George, BC)

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


FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score

The Winterhawks begin their first of four straight games against the Cougars on Tuesday night at the CN Centre. Last season, Portland went 3-1-0-0 against Prince George, but lost the last head-to-head meeting by allowing five goals on 49 shots.

Jake Gricius leads all players on the ice with seven points head-to-head in 2018-19 and both teams are looking to bounce back after taking road losses on Saturday night.

The story line of the week is that goaltender Isaiah DiLaura makes his return to Prince George for the first time since the Winterhawks acquired him in mid September. The St. Paul, Minnesota native played 36 games for the Cougars over the last two seasons.

Despite the Cougars sitting in last place in the division with six wins, they were competitive at home in November. Prince George won their last two home games against B.C. division-leading Kamloops and the four home games prior to those wins were decided by one goal.

Entering the midweek game, Josh Maser leads the Cougars with 11 goals and 19 points, including an active four game point streak. On the Winterhawks side, New York Islanders prospect Reece Newkirk leads the way 27 points. Gricius and Seth Jarvis each have ten goals this year.


PROJECTED LINE-UPS:

Portland

Reece Newkirk – Jake Gricius – Seth Jarvis
Cross Hanas – Tyson Kozak – Simon Knak
Jaydon Dureau – Jack O’Brien – Robbie Fromm-Delorme
Kishaun Gervais – Lane Gilliss – Mason Mannek

Matthew Quigley – Johnny Ludvig
Kade Nolan – Clay Hanus
Kurtis Smythe – Nick Cicek

Joel Hofer
Isaiah DiLaura

Scratches (alphabetically): Jonas Br√łndberg (Team Denmark), Gabe Klassen, James Stefan

Prince George

Josh Maser – Ilijah Colina – Vladislav Mikhalchuk
Filip Koffer – Conner Bowie – Reid Perepeluk
Tyson Upper – Craig Armstrong – Mitch Kohner
Davin Griffin – Brendan Boyle – Nikita Krivokrasov

Ryan Schoettler – Rhett Rhinehart
Jack Sander – Cole Moberg
Marco Creta – Ethan Samson

Taylor Gauthier
Tyler Brennan

Scratches (alphabetically): Ethan Browne and Blake Eastman


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