The Hawks’ Nest


Stat Purge
September 28, 2009, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Winterhawks

There’s plenty more where this came from, but here’s a glimpse at some impressive stats through Portland’s first four games of the season:

  • Following a weekend in which the Winterhawks defeated Seattle and Prince George, Portland’s record is now 3-1, and with six points they sit alone in first place in the U.S. Division and are tied for second in the Western Conference behind Vancouver, who have played five games to Portland’s four. It’s the team’s best start since the 2005-06 season, when they were also 3-1.
  • Portland’s offense has been outstanding to start the season, with 19 goals in four games. Portland leads the WHL in goals, scoring average (4.8 goals per game), are tied for first in fewest goals allowed (6), and rank first in goal differential (+13). The 19 goals have been scored by 12 different players, and Portland has outshot their opponents 142-100, an average of 35.5 – 25 per game.
  • The Hawks’ offense is being led by Luke Walker, who has tallied four goals and three assists for seven points, with at least one point in all four games. He had a hat trick Friday in Tri-Cities, and his seven points is tied for fifth in the WHL. Not far behind is Chris Francis, whose six points is tied for 11th in the league.
  • Portland is also getting offense from the blueline, as defenseman Troy Rutkowski is tied for the league lead for goals by a defenseman with three, while his five points is tied for fifth among blueliners. Rutkowski also leads the league in plus/minus at +8, while Daniel Johnston is tied for second at +7.
  • Meanwhile, not to be overlooked is Portland’s goaltending. Since returning from the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp Kurtis Mucha has been outstanding. He gave up just one goal in both Saturday and Sunday’s games, and ranks first in the WHL in both goals against average (1.00) and save percentage (95.0%). Meanwhile, Ian Curtis is fifth in the league in save percentage (93.3%), and 10th in goals against average (2.01).
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