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Game Day Hub: November 24

Vancouver Giants at Portland Winterhawks

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The Portland Winterhawks welcome the Vancouver Giants south of the border for a pre-Thanksgiving clash at the VMC on Hawks Fight Cancer Night.

Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. PT

Venue: Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland, OR

Previous Meetings This Season: Portland is 0-1-0-0 head-to-head

  • Saturday, November 6 – Portland (1) at Vancouver (3)

Listen Live: Winterhawks Radio Network and on the Winterhawks App. Fans can listen live in the arena on 87.9 FM.
Watch Live: WHL Live on CHL TV
Game Notes: Winterhawks Game Notes

Upcoming Promotions: 
Friday, November 26 – Jack in the Box Daylight Game – BUY TICKETS


FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score

Hawks Fight Cancer

Tonight, the contest on the ice is only half the battle, as Hawks Fight Cancer Night highlights and honors the strength of all those affected by cancer.

The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive customizable rally towels, on which they can write their name or the name of a loved one who is battling or has battled cancer. Additionally, “Hawks Fight Cancer” t-shirts will be sold in the team store in limited quantities.

Keep an eye on our social channels, too – after you helped us raise over $1,300 for local cancer awareness organizations with our auction earlier this week, we will launch a second auction with even more rare autographed Winterhawks memorabilia during tonight’s game!

Hot Hawks

The Hawks notched back-to-back wins for just the second time this year on the strength of contributions from throughout the lineup and between the pipes, but a few skaters have found consistency in their offensive game and continue to lead the way. Gabe Klassen is one of those, and with points in each of his last six games, he boasts the longest points streak of any Winterhawk this season.

Elsewhere, James Stefan has tallied nine points in his last seven games, including a four-game goal streak, Tyson Kozak has seven points in his last seven games, Cross Hanas is cruising with 13 points in his last 10 games, Jaydon Dureau has found the scoresheet five times in his last four games and Clay Hanus is producing well from the blue line with an impressive six points in his last five games.

These Hawks continue to set the tone, and their teammates have been meeting that standard lately as 14 different skaters recorded at least a point in last week’s sweep of Kelowna. The group will look to keep the momentum rolling offensively against a stingy Vancouver defensive corps tonight.

Playing With The Lead

Last Saturday’s 4-2 win over Kelowna featured something of a catharsis for the Winterhawks. After multiple games in which they coughed up multiple goals in quick succession to either erase a lead or fall behind early, the Hawks built up their advantage and stymied the Rockets’ attack for the better part of two periods, allowing just two goals and closing out the game with confidence.

Forward Dawson Pasternak, who scored the game-winning goal and was named the second star of the contest, knew that game was an important one for his team.

“(We’re feeling) really good. We’ve gotten into some trouble in the past with holding the lead, so I think tonight was really good for the team. We showed that we can play with the lead and that we know what to do with it, so it was a really great win tonight,” said Pasternak.

Getting that lead is especially crucial for Portland tonight, as Giants netminder Jesper Vikman stole the show when these two teams met on Nov. 6 with a 39-save effort that only fell short of a shutout thanks to James Stefan’s late strike. The Hawks carried play for much of that game, but Vikman had the answer almost each time Portland came calling and Vancouver cruised with an early lead. Should he take the crease tonight, the Hawks will want to get to him early – something they have found success with during this homestand as they have scored first in each of the three games thus far.

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WIN A TOYOTA:

Back for another season, fans 18+ who reside in Oregon or Southwest Washington can ENTER TO WIN a brand new Toyota car, truck, or SUV.

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: Mary M. from Vancouver, WA

What our Hawks fan could win: A brand new 2021 C-HR

What needs to happen?

  • Portland Winterhawks (4) beat the Vancouver Giants (1)
  • Tyson Kozak scores the first Winterhawks goal.
  • Portland goaltenders make 24 total saves.
  • Vancouver goaltenders make 15 total saves.

Good luck tonight, Mary!

Think you know the Winterhawks best and can win a Toyota?  Click here to enter today!


PROJECTED LINEUPS:

Portland

Cross Hanas – Gabe Klassen – James Stefan
Jaydon Dureau – Tyson Kozak – Dawson Pasternak
Aidan Litke – Jack O’Brien – Marcus Nguyen
Jonah Bevington – Kyle Chyzowski – Luke Schelter

Ryder Thompson – Jonas Brøndberg
Clay Hanus – Luca Cagnoni
Kurtis Smythe –  Ryan McCleary
Marek Alscher?

Dante Giannuzzi
Lochlan Gordon

Scratches:  Josh Mori, Robbie Fromm-Delorme (INJ), Josh Zakreski, Marek Alscher (?)
 

Vancouver

Justin Sourdif – Ty Thorpe – Ethan Semeniuk
Adam Hall – Zack Ostapchuk – Payton Mount
Kaden Kohle – Jaden Lipinski – Colton Langkow
Fabian Lysell – Kyle Bochek – Julian Cull

Connor Horning – Tanner Brown
Nicco Camazzola – Alex Cotton
Evan Toth – Brenden Pentecost

Jesper Vikman
Will Gurski

Scratches: Ty Halaburda, Damian Palmieri, Cole Shepard, Justin Lies, Mazden Leslie


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