Portland Winterhawks vs. Saskatoon Blades
The hottest team in the Western Hockey League welcomes the Saskatoon Blades in town for the first time since December 2017. The Hawks are 9-1-1-0 this season at home ice and the Blades have suffered three straight losses to U.S. Division opponents.
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. Saskatoon
FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score
Fresh off a 4-3 win against Everett, the Winterhawks look to make it a perfect four game home stand when the Saskatoon Blades come to town Sunday evening. The Hawks are tied with the Everett Silvertips for first place in the division after picking up win number 14.
Saskatoon has been outscored 14-to-4 during their U.S. Division swing. The last time they were in the Rose City, the Blades shut out the Hawks 4-0 behind a 48-save Nolan Maier shutout. Braylon Shmyr had a goal and three assists and Josh Paterson and Edmonton Oilers prospect Cameron Hebig each had three points against the Hawks. Last season, Portland beat Saskatoon 5-4 on the road. Mason Mannek led all players with three points in the game.
Tonight’s match-up pins Team WHL teammates Joel Hofer and Nolan Maier head-to-head for the first time since Hofer was traded to the Winterhawks. With Kirby Dach sticking in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, Chase Wouters and Riley McKay have carried the offensive workload each scoring ten goals this year. Overage forward McKay is only six points away from a new career high in points.
Montreal Canadiens former third round pick Scott Walford has nine of his 17 points on the power play. He has played in 254 career WHL games.
Jake Gricius has been the hot hand for Portland, scoring five goals and one assist in his last three games. Seth Jarvis also scored the game-winning goal in his return to the lineup after a three-game absence. Following tonight’s game, the Hawks embark on a four-game road trip to British Columbia.
Jaydon Dureau – Jake Gricius – Seth Jarvis
Lane Gilliss – Jack O’Brien – Mason Mannek
Cross Hanas – Tyson Kozak – Simon Knak
Kishaun Gervais – Gabe Klassen – James Stefan
Matthew Quigley – Johnny Ludvig
Clay Hanus – Jonas Brøndberg
Kurtis Smythe/Nick Perna – Nick Cicek
Scratches (alphabetically): Robbie Fromm-Delorme, Reece Newkirk, Kade Nolan, (Nick Perna or Kurtis Smythe)
Kyle Crnkovic – Eric Florchuk – Zach Huber
Riley McKay – Chase Wouters – Tristen Robins
Colton Dach – Matej Toman – Randen Schmidt
Jayden Wiens – Braden Plaschewsky – Kjell Kjemhus
Scott Walford – Nolan Kneen
Radek Kucerik – Aidan De La Gorgendiere
Majid Kaddoura – Charlie Wright
Scratches (alphabetically): Spencer Shugrue, Cyle McNabb
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