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Game Day Hub: December 31

Portland Winterhawks vs. Seattle Thunderbirds

At the midway point of the season, the Portland Winterhawks sit in first place in the U.S. Division with 24 wins and they get set for their fifth showdown of the season against Seattle. Portland is 2-0-0-2 head-to-head against its rival this year.

Be sure to stick around after the game to ring in the New Year when the clock strikes midnight at the party presented by Toyota. Fans are encouraged to join the Hawks on the ice for a post-game skate with the players, enjoy inflatable bounce houses, and stick around for the popular balloon drop where some fans could win cash prizes.

Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. PT
Venue: Moda Center (Portland, OR)

Listen Live: Winterhawks Radio Network and on the Winterhawks App. You can also listen live in the arena by tuning your radio to 98.1 FM.
Watch Live: WHL Live
Tickets: Portland vs. Seattle


FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score

The hottest team in the Western Hockey League looks to make it a perfect December in regulation play. The Winterhawks are 8-0-0-1 during the month and they have a chance to enter the New Year in sole possession of the U.S. Division lead.

Portland leads the WHL with a +51 goal differential, but three of the four games with Seattle have been decided by one goal. Reece Newkirk enters the game with a ten game point streak, the third highest active streak in the WHL. Over his three year career against the Thunderbirds, the New York Islanders prospect has seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points in 26 games.

Isaiah DiLaura and Dante Giannuzzi have each won two games in Joel Hofer’s absence. Scoring has been extremely balanced during the last month of the year. Sixteen different Winterhawks have scored in the month and five players are averaging at least a point-per-game in December.

Including tonight’s game, the Hawks still have four straight games against U.S. Division opponents.


PROJECTED LINE-UP:

Portland

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

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

Isaiah DiLaura
Dante Giannuzzi (AP)

Scratches (alphabetically): Jonas Br√łndberg, Joel Hofer (Team Canada), Simon Knak (Team Switzerland), James Stefan

Seattle

Lucas Ciona – Max Patterson – Payton Mount
Conner Bruggen-Cate – Matthew Rempe – Andrej Kukuca
Conner Roulette – Jared Davidson – Keltie Jeri-Leon
Brendan Williamson – Kai Uchacz – Mekai Sanders

Cade McNelly – Tyrel Bauer
Owen Williams – Zach Ashton
Ryan Gottfried – Luke Bateman

Roddy Ross
Blake Lyda

Scratches (alphabetically): Tyler Carpendale, Simon Kubicek (Team Czech Republic), Henrik Rybinski


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