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Game Day Hub: October 1 vs Tri-City

Portland Winterhawks vs Tri-City Americans
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It’s the Pacific Office Automation Home Opener at the VMC as the Hawks take on their first divisional rival of the year!

Puck Drop: 6:00 p.m. PT

Venue: Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Uniforms: Black

2021-22 Season Meetings: Portland went 9-1-0-2 against Tri-City

  • Portland 4 @ Tri-City 3 (Apr 12 2022) OT
  • Tri-City 1 @ Portland 7 (Mar 25 2022)
  • Tri-City 3 @ Portland 8 (Mar 5 2022)
  • Portland 6 @ Tri-City 2 (Feb 18 2022)
  • Portland 6 @ Tri-City 0 (Feb 4 2022)
  • Tri-City 0 @ Portland 8 (Jan 30 2022)
  • Portland 5 @ Tri-City 3 (Jan 21 2022)
  • Tri-City 2 @ Portland 1 (Jan 15 2022) SO
  • Tri-City 2 @ Portland 9 (Dec 28 2021)
  • Portland 5 @ Tri-City 6 (Nov 13 2021)
  • Tri-City 3 @ Portland 4 (Oct 16 2021)
  • Portland 4 @ Tri-City 5 (Oct 1 2021) SO

Listen Live: Winterhawks Radio Network and on the Winterhawks App.
Watch Live: WHL Live on CHL TV | Evoca TV
Game Notes: Winterhawks Game Notes

Upcoming Promotional Games:
Saturday, October 8 – Oregon Zoo Night – BUY TICKETS
Saturday, October 15 – Hawktoberfest – BUY TICKETS


FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score

Welcome Back, Fans!
Finally! It’s time to drop the puck in Portland and we couldn’t be more excited to see the VMC packed again!

Before we get to the action, though, there’s plenty to get excited for at our free Pacific Office Automation Fan Fest, taking place on the Rose Quarter Commons at 3:00 P.M.! Join us for live entertainment, lawn games, food and beverages, plus a player walkthrough as the Winterhawks arrive for tonight’s tilt! So come on out and enjoy some free fun before cheering the Hawks to victory 🥳

Hot Start
Tonight marks the first home game of the year, but the Winterhawks’ new campaign is already off and running with a pair of big wins in BC last week. The team took on 2023 Memorial Cup hosts Kamloops on Friday, cruising to a 3-0 victory behind a Dante Giannuzzi shutout and a pair of Gabe Klassen goals. Klassen’s scoring touch carried over into Saturday as his whopping four goals and Luca Cagnoni’s OT winner wrapped up another two points in clutch comeback fashion against the Kelowna Rockets.

Divisional Battle
Back on this side of the border, the Hawks are set to face their first divisional foe this year. While Portland handled Tri-City with relative ease throughout their season series last season, these are two new teams with plenty of fresh faces in the lineup. Led by top 2023 NHL Draft Prospect Lukas Dragicevic and 2021 WHL second-overall selection Jordan Gavin, the Americans boast enough high-end talent in their lineup to make some noise in the always competitive U.S. Division.

Familiarity between these two teams remains, however – with 12 games against one another last year and another eight slated for this season, it won’t take long for the rivalry to heat up, and it all starts tonight!


PROJECTED LINEUPS:

Portland

Josh Zakreski – Jack O’Brien – James Stefan
Kyle Chyzowski – Gabe Klassen – Dawson Pasternak
Jonah Bevington – Diego Buttazzoni – Robbie Fromm-Delorme
Nick Johnson – Luke Schelter

Luca Cagnoni – Carter Sotheran
Ryder Thompson – Ryan McCleary
Marek Alscher – Kurtis Smythe
Alex Thompson

Jan Špunar
Dante Giannuzzi

Scratches: Aidan Litke (inj.), Rhett Randahl, Aiden Sotas, Nick Andrusiak, Marcus Nguyen (inj.)

Tri-City

Parker Bell – Jake Sloan – Drew Freer
Tyson Greenway – Adam Mechura – Reese Belton
Jordan Gavin – Elouann Lemonnier – Deagan McMillan
Andrew Fan – Dwayne Jean Jr. – Tanner Gould

Marc Lajoie – Chase Friedt-Mohr
Alex Serraglio – Lucas Dragicevic
Ben Feenan – Ian Ferguson

Nick Avakyan
Tomas Suchanek


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