Portland Winterhawks vs. Red Deer Rebels
A couple of four win teams go head-to-head as the Hawks visit the Red Deer Rebels on Friday night. Last season, the Winterhawks blanked the Rebels 2-0 at the Moda Center, marking their first shutout against the Alberta-based team since February 1999.
Puck Drop: 6:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. MT
Venue: Westerner Park Centrium (Red Deer, AB)
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FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score
Fresh off a decisive 8-2 win across provincial borders in Saskatchewan, the Portland Winterhawks are looking to close the Central Division swing with a few more wins.
It was a big night for Saskatchewan natives Reece Newkirk (career high four points), Jaydon Dureau (three assists), Kade Nolan (first career WHL goal) and Kishaun Gervais (two shots) during the six-goal victory a few nights ago. In total, seven players potted multiple points in the Hawks’ midweek win.
Portland’s last trip to Red Deer in 2017 was a good one to remember as they beat the Rebels 6-2. Tonight, they face a Rebels team that is riding a three game winning streak and a goaltender who was named the CHL Goaltender of the Week. Ethan Anders sports a 2.34 goals against average and an impressive .933 save percentage through six starts. He stopped 27-of-28 shots a year ago against the Winterhawks.
The Rebels have the luxury of playing five of their next six games at home to try to climb the Central Division standings. Dallas Stars drafted prospect Brett Davis has been the Rebels most consistent offensive threat while averaging a team-high 3.6 shots per game to accompany his point-per-game pace. The Manitoba native has goals in his last two games.
On the Rebels defensive side, first round CHL Import Draft selection Christoffer Sedoff of Finland is listed as a B-rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s ‘Players to Watch’ list. He plays alongside captain Dawson Barteaux, who has five points in his last five games.
The Winterhawks need to win the battle of special teams tonight as the Rebels rank first in the Western Hockey League with a 90-percent penalty kill.
THEY SAID IT:
“I hope we continue this momentum. Just keep playing our game, because if we keep playing our game, good things happen. Next few games we can hopefully get a couple of wins and head back home.” – defenseman Kade Nolan.
“It shows that our team is really capable here. Lately, like the last few games, it hasn’t been going our way, but after (Wednesday), I think our team is going to have a lot of confidence going into this weekend.” – forward Reece Newkirk said about the team’s performance on Wednesday night.
Cross Hanas – Jake Gricius – Robbie Fromm-Delorme
Jaydon Dureau – Lane Gilliss – Mason Mannek
Simon Knak – Reece Newkirk – Seth Jarvis
Tyson Kozak – Jack O’Brien – James Stefan
Matthew Quigley – Johnny Ludvig
Clay Hanus – Jonas Brøndberg
Nick Cicek – Kade Nolan
Scratches (alphabetically): Kishaun Gervais, Nick Perna, Kurtis Smythe
Arshdeep Bains – Chris Douglas – Cohner Saleski
Zak Smith – Brett Davis – Cameron Hausinger
Josh Tarzwell – Jayden Grubbe – Jaxsen Wiebe
Dalton Melin – Keaton Sorensen – Ethan Rowland
Christoffer Sedoss – Dawson Barteaux
Ethan Sakowich – Mason Ward
Chase Leslie – Kyle Masters
Scratches (alphabetically): Jordan Borysiuk, Blake Gustafson, Jace Isley
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