Winterhawks Weekly: Three home games, three home wins

Matthew Wolfe / Portland Winterhawks

Last week, the Winterhawks came out with three momentum-building victories over Western Conference foes Calgary, Everett and Kamloops to push their win streak to eight in a row and their conference-leading record to 16-1-1-1.

The top-ranked Hawks now head on the road for a three-game set spread across Thanksgiving week.

Hot Hawks:

  • Forward Robbie Fromm-Delorme continues to ascend in his 20-year-old season, posting another goal and three helpers to push his totals to 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in 19 games – good for ninth in league scoring.
  • Forward Aidan Litke continued his point streak to eight games, adding another goal and three assists last week. The 19-year-old is up to five goals and 11 assists this season, including 3G-10A during his current eight-game run.
  • Forward Marcus Nguyen found the scoresheet in each of last week’s three contests to mark his second three-game point streak of the season. Nguyen has eight goals and five assists through 17 games this year.
  • Forward Kyle Chyzowski bagged his first multi-goal game of the season on Tuesday to pace the club’s 4-1 victory. The Hawks’ alternate captain also added an assist on Friday to mark his seventh straight game with a point.
  • Forward Jack O’Brien stretched his point streak to eight games with a goal and two assists last week, potting four goals and six helpers in that span. O’Brien boasts 15 assists on the year, second-most among Winterhawks skaters.
  • Goaltender Dante Giannuzzi won both of his starts on Tuesday and Friday, allowing just one goal in each contest to earn WHL Goalie of the Week honors. Giannuzzi has won five straight games and his 10 total victories rank tied for third among all netminders.

Play of the Week:

With 11 goals last week, there are plenty of choices for the play of the week. But only one secured the team’s eighth straight win – Ryan McCleary’s overtime game-winner on Saturday secured his fourth goal of the young season and his second career OT tally. After Jack O’Brien bulldozed his way into the Kamloops zone, he fought off a check behind the net and found a wide-open McCleary at the left circle for a tidy finish 4:45 into the five-minute frame.

Check out the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect’s clutch moment below. ⤵️

Weekly Rewind:

Portland 4 vs Calgary 1 (Tuesday): 

Kyle Chyzowski scored twice to fuel a run of four unanswered Winterhawks goals in a 4-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday. Goaltender Dante Giannuzzi stopped a season-high 33 of 34 shots to pick up his fourth straight win.


Portland 4 vs Everett 1 (Friday): 

A tense first-period tussle turned into a rampant 4-1 Winterhawks victory, thanks to three second-period tallies and 27 saves from Dante Giannuzzi.


Portland 3 vs Kamloops 2 OT (Saturday): 

Down but never out, the Winterhawks erased an early two-goal hole with three unanswered tallies to top the Kamloops Blazers 3-2 in overtime on Saturday. Ryan McCleary grabbed the game-winning goal in the extra frame and Jan Špunar stopped 32 of 34 to pick up the win.

With the win, Portland has won eight consecutive games and boasts points in 11 straight (9-0-1-1). Additionally, Winterhawks Head Coach Mike Johnston picked up the 1000th and 1001st points of his WHL coaching career in his 743rd game behind the bench.


The Week Ahead:

Happy Thanksgiving, Portland!

We’re on the road this week to face off against a pair of division rivals before crossing the border to visit B.C. on Sunday.

First up, a Wednesday night tilt against the Everett Silvertips at Angel of the Winds Arena, then a trip down to Kent on Friday to for a Battle With Seattle! Both games start at 7:00 P.M.

Wrapping up the week, the Hawks head further north for a Sunday date with the Vancouver Giants at 2:00 P.M. at the Langley Events Centre.

Catch all the action on WHL Live and Evoca TV!

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