Portland Winterhawks vs. Kamloops Blazers
The Winterhawks wrap up their regular season series with the Blazers tonight on their 27th annual Teddy Bear Toss Night. Portland is 2-1-0-0 against Kamloops this year and they ended the Blazers eight game home winning streak on Friday night by beating them 2-1 in a shootout.
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. PT
Venue: Sandman Centre (Kamloops, BC)
Listen Live: Winterhawks Radio Network and on the Winterhawks App.
Watch Live: WHL Live
FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score
Portland takes a five game winning streak into Saturday night’s road match-up against their Western Conference rivals. Tonight will be Mike Johnston’s 600th career regular season game as a head coach of the Portland Winterhawks, owning a 371-189-16-23 record.
The Hawks defense was strong against the Western Conference’s leading offensive team, holding the Blazers to just a shorthanded goal in 65 minutes of hockey. Connor Zary scored his third goal of the season last night against the Hawks and he is tied for second in the WHL with 18 goals.
Joel Hofer boasts an impressive stat line of 8-1-1-0 with a .948 save percentage and 1.54 goals-against-average in November to lead all WHL goaltenders by a landslide this month. He stopped 34 shots in the win yesterday and will be a contender to participate at Hockey Canada’s World Junior Hockey Selection Camp should he receive an invite.
His recent performance has helped propel the Hawks to ninth place on the CHL’s Top Ten Rankings. It is just the second time the Hawks have been ranked this season and they are one of three WHL teams to make the leader board.
Reece Newkirk and Robbie Fromm-Delorme returned to the lineup last night, bringing the Hawks active 23-man roster to nearly 100 percent healthy. Tonight is also Mason Mannek’s 150th career game with the Winterhawks. Five of his 25 career goals have come against Kamloops.
Cross Hanas – Jake Gricius – Robbie Fromm-Delorme
Reece Newkirk – Tyson Kozak – Seth Jarvis
Simon Knak – Jack O’Brien – Mason Mannek
Gabe Klassen – Lane Gilliss – James Stefan
Matthew Quigley – Johnny Ludvig
Clay Hanus – Jonas Brøndberg
Kade Nolan – Nick Cicek
Scratches (alphabetically): Jaydon Dureau (inj), Kishaun Gervais, Kurtis Smythe
Orrin Centazzo – Connor Zary – Zane Franklin
Ryan Hughes – Brodi Stuart – Martin Lang
Ryley Appelt – Logan Stankoven – Josh Pillar
Daylan Kuefler – Caedan Bankier – Reese Belton
Sean Strange – Montana Onyebuchi
Max Martin – Quinn Schmiemann
Inaki Baragano – Ethan Brandwood
Scratches (alphabetically): Matthew Seminoff and Kyrell Sopotyk
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