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Game Day Hub: February 23

Portland Winterhawks vs. Everett Silvertips

With the Hawks lead down to five points, and Everett still holding a game in hand of Portland, tonight’s match-up between number one and number two in the division is one of the biggest games this season.

Tonight is also the Hawks Mental Health Awareness Night presented by Zoom+Care to help benefit local non-profit Lines for Life. Click here to learn more about the night.

Puck Drop: 5:00 p.m. PT
Venue: Veterans Memorial Coliseum (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 87.9 FM.
Watch Live: WHL Live
Tickets: Portland vs. Everett


FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score

Everett enters Sunday evening’s match-up on a five-game winning streak and they are now just five points back of the Hawks for the top of the U.S. Division. With only three head-to-head meetings left, tonight’s battle is important in terms of division standings and potentially could affect the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the WHL team with the most points in the regular season.

Leading Silvertips producers Bryce Kindopp and Gage Goncalves scored at home on Saturday night to beat the Vancouver Giants 2-1, ending the G-Men’s 12-game point streak. Goncalves now sits at 60 points in 52 games this season and Dustin Wolf made 15 saves on 16 shots to earn the big home win.

The league’s top offensive team was halted to just two goals on 32 shots in Seattle on Saturday. Seth Jarvis found the stat sheet again and he ranks second in the WHL with 85 points and third in goals with 36. Jonas Br√łndberg has three goals in his last five games and alternate captain Matthew Quigley has assists in three straight contests. Jaydon Dureau has eight points in his last nine games and Reece Newkirk has nine points in his last eight games.

With 12 games left to play this regular season, every point matters. The Hawks are looking to avenge their 4-1 loss in Everett earlier this month and muster four of a possible six points during their second straight three-in-three weekend.

Tonight’s game is also the last home game until March 4 when Portland welcomes the Tri-City Americans to the VMC.

The Hawks are inching closer to clinching home ice in the 2020 WHL Playoffs. As one of three U.S. Division teams to already clinch a spot in the postseason, the Hawks magic number is set at nine points to guarantee a top two finish in the division and home ice advantage for the opening round of playoffs.


PROJECTED LINE-UP:

Portland

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

Johnny Ludvig – Matthew Quigley
Clay Hanus – Jonas Br√łndberg
Kade Nolan – Nick Cicek

Joel Hofer
Dante Giannuzzi

Scratches (alphabetically): Gabe Klassen, James Stefan, Kurtis Smythe

Everett

Cole Fonstad – Gage Goncalves – Bryce Kindopp
Ty Kolle – Michal Gut – Jackson Berezowski
Justyn Gurney – Ethan Regnier – Dawson Butt
Brendan Lee – Jacob Wright – Jalen Price

Ronan Seeley – Wyatte Wylie
Jake Christiansen – Kasper Puutio
Olen Zellweger – Aidan Sutter / Dylan Anderson

Dustin Wolf
Braden Holt

Scratches (alphabetically): Hunter Campbell, Gianni Fairbrother



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