Joel Hofer stopped 23 shots on Tuesday night to pick up his third shutout of the season as the Portland Winterhawks beat the Prince George Cougars 3-0. Offensively, the forward line of Jake Gricius, Reece Newkirk and Seth Jarvis combined for seven of the possible nine points to put the Winterhawks in sole possession of first place in the U.S. Division.
The Hawks had all the momentum and offensive zone pressure in the first period as they heavily out-shot Prince George 16-to-5. Portland’s persistence paid off 12:21 in when Reece Newkirk one-timed in his eighth goal of the season from the slot to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
Special teams play was the difference in the middle period as Seth Jarvis deflected in his co-team-leading 11th goal of the season to put the Winterhawks up a pair of goals. In the opening minute of the third period, Jake Gricius kept pace with Jarvis’ 11 goal as he increased the Winterhawks lead to 3-0. Portland stunted any comeback chance from Prince George as Hofer denied 12 of the 23 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes of work.
The two teams will play again on Wednesday night at the CN Centre.
- Jarvis and Gricius each secured their ninth multi-point game of the season, while Newkirk got his sixth two-or-more-point effort on the year.
- Clay Hanus and Reece Newkirk each skated in their 150th career WHL regular season game tonight.
- The WHL’s November Goaltender of the Month recorded his seventh career WHL shutout. He continues to lead the league with 17 wins and a 1.83 goals-against-average on the season (minimum 360 minutes of work).
- Tonight is the second time this season the Winterhawks did not give up a power play chance.
- The Winterhawks Teddy Bear Toss game will be held at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, December 7 against the Prince George Cougars. Tickets are available here. Last year, the Hawks donated over 10,000 teddy bears with your help!
Box Score (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Joel Hofer stopped 23-of-23 shots.
PG: Taylor Gauthier stopped 30-of-33 shots.