Portland Winterhawks vs. Victoria Royals
The Victoria Royals ended the Hawks six game winning streak in overtime last night thanks to Shane Farkas winning a goaltenders battle.
Puck Drop: 7:05 p.m. PT
Venue: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (Victoria, BC)
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FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score
The Winterhawks still own the top spot in the Western Hockey League thanks to their 14 game point streak dating back to November 3o, 2019. They are tied with Edmonton with 28 wins, but have the highest point percentage in the WHL at .782.
The goaltenders shined on Friday night. Former Winterhawks netminder Shane Farkas stunted Portland with a season high 42 saves and Joel Hofer was sharp in his 29-save performance. The 2-1 overtime results made sense last night seeing as Portland and Victoria are first and second in the league respectively in goals allowed. Both teams have won five of their last six contests, but Victoria has taken care of business in the low offensive affairs. They have outscored their opponents 11-8 during that stretch and five of the goal allowed came on one game.
Victoria’s newly acquired Anaheim Ducks first round NHL pick Brayden Tracey scored his 16th goal of the season last night, the overtime winning tally. Tonight, Portland needs to take advantage of the Royals’ lacking of offense. Second leading scorer Tarun Fizer missed last night’s game due to injury and top six forward Philip Schultz was also on the shelf.
First place Portland had a quiet trade deadline and 21 of the 23 active roster players were either drafted or listed by the team, showing their strength from within the organization. This season has been a by-committee look offensively with three players reaching 40+ points this season. They are one of four WHL teams to have at least three 40 point producers entering the weekend games. Seth Jarvis leads the way with 19 goals, including nine points in his last four games, and New York Islanders prospect Reece Newkirk is looking to extend his 15-game point streak and team-leading 46 points.
Cross Hanas – Tyson Kozak – Simon Knak
Kishaun Gervais – Lane Gilliss – Mason Mannek
Reece Newkirk – Jake Gricius – Robbie Fromm-Delorme
Jaydon Dureau – Jack O’Brien – Seth Jarvis
Matthew Quigley – Johnny Ludvig
Clay Hanus – Nick Cicek
Kade Nolan – Kurtis Smythe
Scratches (alphabetically): Jonas Brøndberg, Gabe Klassen, Kurtis Smythe, James Stefan
Gary Haden – Carson Miller – Brayden Tracey
Brandon Cutler – Kaid Oliver – Sean Gulka
Keanu Derungs – Graeme Bryks – Ty Yoder
Riley Gannon – Alex Bolshakov
Mitch Prowse – Will Warm
Matthew Smith – Jacob Herauf
Noah Lamb – Nolan Bentham
Scratches (alphabetically): Tarun Fizer and Phillip Schultz
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