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Game Day Hub: November 17

Portland Winterhawks vs. Winnipeg ICE

The Hawks are 2-0-0-0 on the season against East Division opponents and they put that to the test against the Winnipeg ICE to wrap up their three-in-three weekend. Portland is one of the best home teams in the league going 6-1-1-0 to this point.

Puck Drop: 5:00 p.m. PT
Venue: Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Portland, OR)

Listen Live: Winterhawks Radio Network and on the Winterhawks App.
Plus, you can listen to the game in the arena on 87.9 FM.
Watch Live: WHL Live
Tickets: Portland vs. Winnipeg


FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score

The Winterhawks play their third straight game tonight as they face Winnipeg for the lone meeting of the regular season. The ICE are coming off a 5-4 overtime win in Everett on Saturday night, meanwhile the Winterhawks have earned points in their last three games.

Last season, the Hawks pummeled the ICE 10-2 at the Moda Center behind five point performances from Cody Glass, Joachim Blichfeld and Jared Freadrich.

The visiting story line entering the night is the return of Peyton Krebs to the Western Hockey League. The Vegas Golden Knights signed Krebs to a three-year, entry level contract and have sent him back to the ICE where he is expected to make his season debut at the Glass Palace. Last year, the ICE captain scored 19 goals and 49 assists for 68 points in 64 games.

Former Winterhawk Brad Ginnell skated in his 200th career regular season game last night in Everett, the same rink he played his first career preseason game in 2016. Ginnell is tied with former Tri-City American forward Isaac Johnson and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Michal Teply for the team lead with seven goals.

The ICE have three players named on the NHL’s Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ list with former 2nd overall Bantam pick Connor McClennon leading the way as a B-rated prospect.

Winterhawks 16 year olds Gabe Klassen and James Stefan scored their first career WHL goals last night in Seattle. Klassen had 11 goals in 12 games with the Prince Albert Mintos midget team this season before getting recalled earlier this week. Stefan tied a season-high with three shots on goal to help the Hawks come back and force overtime.

The Hawks have had to score by committee recently with a few players still out with lingering injuries. Expect the Hawks to only have 11 healthy forwards again for the weekend finale.

Winnipeg has won four of its last six games and they are in the midst of the U.S. Division swing through November 23 in Spokane.


PROJECTED LINE-UP:

Portland

Reece Newkirk – Jake Gricius – Jaydon Dureau
Lane Gilliss – Jack O’Brien – Mason Mannek
Kishaun Gervais – Tyson Kozak – Cross Hanas
Kurtis Smythe – Gabe Klassen – James Stefan

Matthew Quigley – Johnny Ludvig
Clay Hanus – Jonas Brøndberg
Kade Nolan – Nick Cicek

Joel Hofer
Isaiah DiLaura

Scratches (alphabetically): Robbie Fromm-Delorme, Seth Jarvis, Simon Knak, Nick Perna

Winnipeg

Michal Teply – Nino Kinder – Connor McClennon
Brad Ginnell – Peyton Krebs – Michael Milne
Cole Muir – Jackson Leppard – Isaac Johnson
Logan Davis – Owen Pederson – Jakin Smallwood

Carson Lambos – Reece Harsch
Chase Hartje – Nolan Orzeck
Mike Ladyman – Ben Zloty

Jesse Makaj
Gage Alexander

Scratches (alphabetically): James Form, Anson McMaster, Karter Prosofsky


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