The Hawks’ Nest


Red Deer tonight
October 16, 2009, 10:20 am
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Ever since I posted the entry the other day quoting a Bob Seger song, I’ve felt my street cred level drop to a disastrously low level, which is problematic since it’s never very high to start with. So I wanted to start the blog today with a much cooler song choice, but do you have any idea how hard it is to come up with a song that fits with the team taking a bus ride to Red Deer, Alberta?

I considered Muse’s new song “Uprising”, which has a chorus that goes “They will not control us/We will be victorious”, until I took a closer look at the rest of the song and realized it’s actually advocating a citizen’s revolution against those in power. So scratch that.

Maybe next week I’ll do better, but for now let’s look at last night’s 5-2 win in Edmonton. The media there is fawning all over the Winterhawks today, with breathless game recaps that suggest the Oil Kings were hopelessly overmatched last night. Check out the accounts from the Edmonton Sun and the Journal. Speaking of which, I missed this article from the Portland Tribune’s website yesterday.

Meanwhile, the hosts of “The Pipeline Show” on Edmonton Sports radio posted an entry on their blog entitled “Rise of the Winterhawks” that’s definitely worth a read. They also did a couple of in-depth interviews with Mike Johnston and Kurtis Mucha that Winterhawks fans will want to listen to.

The team stayed overnight in Edmonton last night and will be traveling to Red Deer today for the game tonight against the Rebels. From reading Andy’s blog, it sounds like Portland won’t have to deal with Rebels sniper Landon Ferraro, who has yet to play this month due to injury. They will, however, have to contend with Willie Coetzee, whose 16 points in 10 games has him tied for third in the WHL. Red Deer also boasts 16-year-old rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who’s second in scoring among WHL rookies with 12 points in 10 games.

Following tonight’s game is the big showdown with Calgary on Sunday afternoon. Portland catches a big break there as the Hitmen play at home Saturday night against a very tough Saskatoon team, after which they’ll barely have 12 hours to recover before taking on the Winterhawks. Of course, longtime Winterhawk Mike Williamson is now behind the bench for the Hitmen, and the Tribune has a story about what it will be like for him going against his former team.

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