Texeira describes his highlight play
The Portland Winterhawks have won only one of their last eight games. That was a 4-2 victory Dec. 12 at Spokane.
Team captain Keoni Texeira delivered perhaps the goal of the year to break a third-period tie, carrying the puck from his own zone and skating through multiple Chiefs. He slipped the puck through a defenseman's legs and back-handed it home.
"I got the puck with a lot of speed," he says, "and when I looked up I saw that I had some room. I had two guys coming on the side of me and I thought maybe I could throw it behind the defenseman's legs and maybe get on the other side of him.
"Once I got it through the defenseman's legs, it was a little fumble. (Goalie Donovan Buskey) bit on the fumble and tried to poke check it. I pulled it to the backhand and put it in."
Texeira called it one of his most memorable goals. His favorites are from his rookie season. His first WHL goal was the 2013 Teddy Bear Toss goal. And, in Game 6 of the 2014 WHL finals, Texeira scored the second goal of a three-goal, third-period rally in a game the Winterhawks won in overtime.
• Forwards Seth Jarvis (age 15) and Jaydon Dureau (16) each made his WHL debut over the weekend. Forward Connor Bowie (16) and defenseman Nick Cicek (17) also were with the Hawks last week but did not play.
Jarvis is expected stay with the Hawks during the World Juniors absences.
Dureau and Bowie will return to their midget teams and play in the prestigious Mac's AAA Midget World Invitational at Calgary.
Cicek will return to the Calgary Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, where Johnston says he is getting valuable playing time and having a strong season.