- Portland Tribune - Sports
Next: The Winter Hawks are back on home ice tonight, facing off against Chilliwack at 7 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum. On Saturday night, Portland will play at Everett. Play resumes the following weekend with the Hawks' first three games-in-three nights test, with home games Oct. 20 against Medicine Hat and Oct. 21 versus Everett, then an Oct. 22 trip to Chilliwack.
• The Hawks aren't making life easy for Kurtis Mucha. In road losses Tuesday at Spokane and Wednesday at Kelowna, there were stretches of target practice at the Portland goaltender.
'We're giving up far too many quality chances,' coach Mike Williamson says. 'And a lot of them are unforced. Our wingers have to do a better job on the wall of getting the puck out of our zone, and our defenders have to do a better job of clearing the puck from the front of the net.'
• Expansion Chilliwack is 1-7-0-0, but the Bruins did push powerful Vancouver before falling 5-4 on Monday. 'We can expect them to compete very hard and play physical,' Williamson says. Expansion teams are allowed to play five 20-year-olds, with the rest of the league limited to three, and Chilliwack also has a large crop of 18- and 19-year-olds who could test the young Hawks.
• The line of Kyle Bailey, Robert Klinkhammer (four goals in four games) and Viktor Sjodin has created the most opportunities for Portland. Colton Sceviour, Frazer McLaren and Nick Hotson also have had some production. 'Hotson's been our most dangerous offensive forward,' Williamson says.
• Mucha is expected to play both games this weekend, with new arrival Chris Ward then getting in a good week of practice before possibly making his Hawk debut.