Portland Winterhawks vs. Kamloops Blazers
The Winterhawks wrap up their routine season series with the Blazers tonight on their 27th annual Teddy Bear Toss Night. Portland is 2-1-0-0 against Kamloops this year and they ended the Blazers eight video game home winning streak on Friday night by beating them 2-1 in a shootout.
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. PT
Place: Sandman Centre (Kamloops, BC)Listen Live: Winterhawks Radio Network and on the Winterhawks App.
See Live: WHL Live
FOLLOW ALONG: Box Rating
Portland takes a 5 video game winning streak into Saturday night’s roadway match-up versus their Western Conference rivals. Tonight will be Mike Johnston’s 600th profession regular season game as a head coach of the Portland Winterhawks, owning a 371-189-16-23 record.
The Hawks defense was strong versus the Western Conference’s leading offensive team, holding the Blazers to just a shorthanded goal in 65 minutes of hockey. Connor Zary scored his 3rd objective of the season last night against the Hawks and he is connected for second in the WHL with 18 objectives.
Joel Hofer boasts an impressive stat line of 8-1-1-0 with a. 948 save percentage and 1.54 goals-against-average in November to lead all WHL goaltenders by a landslide this month. He stopped 34 shots in the win yesterday and will be a contender to get involved at Hockey Canada’s World Junior Hockey Selection Camp ought to he receive an invite.
His current performance has helped move the Hawks to ninth location on the CHL’s Top Ten Rankings. It is just the 2nd time the Hawks have been ranked this season and they are one of three WHL groups to make the leader board.
Reece Newkirk and Robbie Fromm-Delorme went back to the lineup last night, bringing the Hawks active 23-man lineup to nearly one hundred percent healthy. Tonight is likewise Mason Mannek’s 150th career game with the Winterhawks. Five of his 25 profession goals have actually come against Kamloops.
Inspect back no earlier than one hour prior to game time to see tonight’s Winterhawks predicted line-up.
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