Portland Winterhawks at Seattle Thunderbirds
Winners of five straight, the Winterhawks head to Seattle for a rivalry clash with the Thunderbirds.
Puck Drop: 7:05 p.m. PT
Venue: accesso ShoWare Center – Kent, WA
Previous Meetings This Season: Portland is 2-3-0-0 Against Seattle
- Seattle 0 @ Portland 2 (Dec 31 2021)
- Portland 2 @ Seattle 4 (Nov 12 2021)
- Seattle 6 @ Portland 4 (Oct 27 2021)
- Portland 4 @ Seattle 2 (Oct 9 2021)
- Seattle 3 @ Portland 1 (Oct 2 2021)
Listen Live: Winterhawks Radio Network and on the Winterhawks App. Fans can listen live in the arena on 87.9 FM.
Watch Live: Portland’s CW (ch. 3 or 703) & WHL Live on CHL TV
Game Notes: Winterhawks Game Notes
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FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score
Back on TV
The Hawks and T-Birds will get to know each other real well across three matchups in January alone (including this one), and you can catch each one on Portland’s CW! Tune to Comcast 3 or 703 HD to see your Winterhawks Battle with Seattle seven more times this season, plus a bonus matchup with Spokane on Feb. 5.
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Looking for some fellow Winterhawks fans to cheer along with? Head out to Replay Sports Pub and Arcade in Beaverton or Icehouse in Oregon City!
Best rivalry in the PNW
Last time Portland and Seattle faced off, Marcus Nguyen scored a beautiful penalty shot goal and Dante Giannuzzi picked up a shutout as the Hawks knocked off the Thunderbirds 2-0 on New Year’s Eve. It was a game that, despite the scoreline, featured plenty of action as the teams traded chance after chance, mixed in a few scraps and put on a show in front of an electric Portland crowd. But these fireworks are nothing new – there’s a reason Portland and Seattle are such heated rivals. The games between them take on new meaning for each club, and tonight presents an opportunity for the Hawks to take one from the Birds on their own ice for the second time this season.
Rollin’ in the deep (lineup)
Portland comes into this game as hot as any team in the CHL, boasting a 10-1-1-0 record in its last 12 games and having won five straight. High-scoring track meets, low-scoring grinds, shutouts, shootouts – the Winterhawks have seen it all and won it all as of late, and bring a new kind of confidence and swagger into accesso ShoWare Center tonight, a marked difference from their last visit which resulted in a 4-2 loss on Nov. 12.
With different players stepping up at different times, the Hawks have found success in their team’s ability to score with any line on the ice. Whether it’s James Stefan and Cross Hanas carrying the load in Kelowna, or Kyle Chyzowski, Marcus Nguyen and Luke Schelter picking up the slack against Seattle and Everett two weeks ago, the Winterhawks’ depth continues to be the team’s strength. And with sure hands between the pipes in Dante Giannuzzi and Taylor Gauthier, they know they have a strong safety net no matter whose number gets called on a given night.
Eyes on us
It was a big week off the ice for three Winterhawks as forward James Stefan and goaltender Taylor Gauthier earned respective Player and Goalie of the Week awards from the WHL on Monday, then Stefan and defenseman Marek Alscher were listed on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term draft rankings on Wednesday.
A lighter WHL schedule last week made Stefan and Gauthier clear choices for the league awards, but don’t let that fool you – after coughing up a goal just 31 seconds into his first Winterhawks appearance, Gauthier was a rock for the better part of 59 minutes en route to a 38-save showing and his first win with Portland. Stefan was everywhere up front, notching two goals and an assist to pace the Hawks attack alongside Cross Hanas, who bagged a trio of points himself.
Alscher was the one of three Winterhawks to be named to NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary list last fall, and is the only Portland skater to be ranked in both editions. The Czech defender has taken on a progressively more prominent role on Portland’s blue line and continues to play strong two-way hockey. Stefan leapt onto the scene ahead of the mid-term rankings list with 31 points in 32 games, and shares the team lead in points with captain Tyson Kozak, a Buffalo Sabres 2021 draft selection. Both players are among a handful of hopeful Winterhawks that could hear their names called in Montreal next summer.
WIN A TOYOTA:
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Each game this season, one lucky fan will have their entry drawn and they will have a chance to win our grand prize if they get all five game predictions correct.
Tonight, we are cheering on: Sam H. from Portland, OR
What our Hawks fan could win: A brand new Corolla
What needs to happen?
- Portland Winterhawks (5) beat the Seattle Thunderbirds (2)
- Marcus Nguyen scores the first Winterhawks goal.
- Portland goaltenders make 27 total saves.
- Seattle goaltenders make 35 total saves.
Good luck tonight, Sam!
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Jaydon Dureau – Tyson Kozak – Marcus Nguyen
Aidan Litke – Jack O’Brien – Dawson Pasternak
Cross Hanas – Gabe Klassen – James Stefan
Jonah Bevington – Kyle Chyzowski – Luke Schelter
Marek Alscher – Clay Hanus
Luca Cagnoni – Ryan McCleary
Kurtis Smythe – Ryder Thompson
Scratches: Robbie Fromm-Delorme, Rhett Ravndahl, Nick Johnson, Josh Zakreski
Jared Davidson – Henrik Rybinski – Sam Oremba
Gabe Ludwig – Matthew Rempe – Nico Myatovic
Conner Roulette – Jordan Gustafson – Lucas Ciona
Sam Popowich – Mekai Sanders
Kevin Korchinski – Samuel Knazko
Jeremy Hanzel – Ryan Gottfried
Sawyer Mynio – Leon Okonkwo Prada
Scratches: Tyrel Bauer, Coster Dunn, Lukas Svejkovsky, Reid Schaefer, Thomas Milic, Chase Lacombe
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