Priming for playoffs, Coach Johnston shakes up Portland's top lines

COURTESY: DAYNA FJORD/PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS - Matt Revel's arrival has added to the Portland Winterhawks' scoring potential.Matt Revel's hopes for a strong final season in junior hockey went all topsy-turvy Dec. 10.

An opponent's stick got stuck against the goalpost, tripping Revel. The resulting somersault ended with his shoulder slamming into the ice — and ended his time with the Kamloops Blazers after more than three seasons.

"It was a fluky one, for sure," Revel says of the play that was expected to end his season. He was told the fractured collarbone meant he would never again skate in the Western Hockey League.

Fast forward three months and there was Revel scoring a goal for the Portland Winterhawks on Friday night at Memorial Coliseum.

"When I got that goal, I got chills," Revel says. "I still get chills when I think about it, just hearing the crowd and seeing the guys' reaction on the bench. It was awesome."

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