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Game Day Hub: September 22

Portland Winterhawks vs. Kamloops Blazers

After a dominant 6-1 win on Saturday night at the Moda Center, the Portland Winterhawks look to stay hot offensively against a Blazers team that is playing their third game in three straight nights.

Puck Drop: 5:00 p.m. PT
Venue: Moda Center (Portland, OR)
Tickets: Purchase here

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FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score | Game Notes

The Portland Winterhawks opened the 2019-20 regular season with a six goal performance. 2020 NHL Draft Prospects Cross Hanas (2G-2A), Simon Knak (G-2A) and Clay Hanus (2G) were represented as the three stars of the game last night.

Nine different Winterhawks recorded a point in the home opener and goaltender Joel Hofer stopped 17-of-18 shots in his first win of the season. Neither Hofer nor Isaiah DiLaura has played a game against Kamloops. Meanwhile, Dylan Garand has sparked with a .939 save percentage in two appearances against Portland. The Kamloops Blazers are a team to keep an eye on offensively as they return eight of their top ten scorers from a year ago and added perennial WHL Rookie of the Year candidate Logan Stankoven to their lineup as a 16 year old.

The Kamloops Blazers are ranked fifth (2nd in the WHL) on the CHL Top Ten rankings after going 7-0-0 during preseason play. They are still looking for their first win of the season and are 0-2-0 against the U.S. Division this weekend.

The Portland Winterhawks split the 2018-19 regular season series against Kamloops going 2-2-0-0. They are 10-0-1 against Kamloops at the Moda Center since 2005. This will be the first of four meetings between these two teams, with all four games taking place in the fall.


PROJECTED LINE-UP:

Portland

Lane Gilliss – Jake Gricius – Robbie Fromm-Delorme
Cross Hanas – Tyson Kozak – Simon Knak
Jaydon Dureau – Reece Newkirk – Seth Jarvis
Jack O’Brien – James Stefan

Johnny Ludvig – Matt Quigley
Clay Hanus – Jonas Brøndberg
Nick Perna – Nick Cicek
Kurtis Smythe

Joel Hofer
Isaiah DiLaura

Scratches: Kishaun Gervais, Dante Giannuzzi, Gabe Klassen, Mason Mannek, Kade Nolan

Kamloops

Orrin Centazzo – Logan Stankoven – Zane Franklin
Martin Lang – Connor Zary – Josh Pillar
Brodi Stuart – Caedan Bankier – Kyrell Sopotyk
Kobe Mohr – Ryley Appelt – Matthew Seminoff

Quinn Schmiemann – Inaki Baragano
Sean Strange – Montana Onyebuchi
Trevor Thurston – Ethan Brandwood

Rayce Ramsay
Dylan Garand

Scratches: Reese Belton, Daylan Kuefler, Luke Zazula, Mats Lindgren (AP)


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