The Hawks’ Nest

Time for my weekly post
November 19, 2009, 12:47 pm
Filed under: Winterhawks | Tags: ,

I’m not sure what the guidelines are as far as how often you’re supposed to update your blog in order to keep people coming back, but no doubt I violate them on a regular basis. Right now the only thing rarer than a new blog entry here is a funny joke during a Jay Leno monologue.

That said, these are good days in Winterhawks land. Ian Curtis is back, leaving Oliver Gabriel as the lone player with any kind of significant injury (something I’ve undoubtedly just jinxed).

On the ice, the team beat Kelowna last night to open a three-game road trip. The only downside was an emergency change in travel plans after the game. Instead of traveling all the way to Chilliwack, the team had to stop overnight in Merritt due to inclement weather. Once they get to Chilliwack they’ll be looking to avenge the wild 5-4 loss Sunday that saw Portland score two goals in 1:11, give up four straight, then tie the game, only to lose by one.

And as Jamie in Eurotrip would say, here’s a fun fact: the Winterhawks this season already have two winning streaks of three or more games. That matches how many they had all of last season, after having none in 2007-08, and just one in 2006-07.

The team’s success has helped raise the profile of our players, as Ty Rattie and Tyler Wotherspoon were selected yesterday to Team Pacific in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, while Brett Ponich will be suiting up next week in the Subway Super Series. And of course the World Juniors are coming up soon…last year Radim Valchar played for the Czech team, will the Hawks have any players this year? It’s entirely possible…

Elsewhere, don’ t look now but the Seattle Thunderbirds are turning things around. Before losing to the first place Americans on Tuesday, Seattle had won four straight. Most impressively they averaged five goals a game during the streak after offense had been hard to come by for the Birds to that point in the season. With 62 goals now, they’re only three behind Spokane and eight behind Everett (although Seattle has given up 89 goals, to just 49 for Spokane and 52 for Everett).

Are the Birds for real? If so, it makes the U.S. Division that much more difficult.



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