Portland Winterhawks vs. Seattle Thunderbirds
After a win last night, the first place Winterhawks return home to open the regular season series against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Tonight is the first of 12 meetings between the two teams.
Puck Drop: 6:00 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 or Portland’s CW
Tickets: Portland vs. Seattle
Specialty Night: Tonight is Dean “The Scooter” Vrooman night where we will honor the Winterhawks longtime broadcaster for his 32 years with the organization and recent retirement. Be sure to get in your seats early to enjoy our pregame ceremony with Scooter.
FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score
Portland returns for just its fifth home game of the season and its first Battle with Seattle of the 2019-20 campaign. Of 22 Western Hockey League teams, the Winterhawks are the last remaining unbeaten team at home.
Last year, the Winterhawks had success against the Thunderbirds going 8-4-0-0 during the regular season and 5-1-0-0 at home ice.
The Hawks return a handful of scorers from last year’s line-up, including Reece Newkirk who recorded 17 points against the T-Birds. Seth Jarvis was right behind him with six goals and 11 head-to-head points and he is currently on a career-best four game scoring streak. The Winterhawks have six players in double digit scoring through their first 13 games.
Meanwhile, the Thunderbirds lost two of their four 20-goal scorers from last year’s playoff team. In the off-season, they traded San Jose Sharks signed prospect Dillon Hamaliuk, defenseman Jake Lee and back-up goaltender Cole Schwebius to the Kelowna Rockets.
Seattle has struggled this season, ranking in the bottom five in both team offense and defense. Three players are on the injured reserve and two of their 16 year olds will be missing from the line-up this weekend because they are playing for Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Captain Matthew Wedman has carried the load offensively with points in his last five games.
The Hawks and T-Birds also have four more meetings before the New Year. Following tonight’s game, the Hawks wrap up their weekend against the Kamloops Blazers on Sunday night.
Simon Knak – Reece Newkirk – Seth Jarvis
Cross Hanas – Jake Gricius – Robbie Fromm-Delorme
Jaydon Dureau – Lane Gilliss – Mason Mannek
Tyson Kozak – Gabe Klassen – James Stefan
Matthew Quigley – Johnny Ludvig
Clay Hanus – Jonas Brøndberg
Nick Perna – Nick Cicek
Scratches (alphabetically): Kishaun Gervais, Kade Nolan, Jack O’Brien, Kurtis Smythe
Payton Mount – Matthew Wedman – Henrik Rybinski
Conner Bruggen-Cate – Jared Davidson – Andrej Kukuca
Lucas Ciona – Alex Morozoff – Brendan Williamson
Michael Horon – Sam Popowich – Keltie Jeri-Leon
Owen Williams – Simon Kubicek
Luke Bateman – Tyrel Bauer
Ryan Gottfried – Zach Ashton
Scratches: Cade McNelly, Tyler Carpendale, Mekai Sanders, Kai Uchacz, Reid Schaefer, Matthew Rempe, Conner Roulette
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