The Hawks’ Nest


Plays of the Week
January 29, 2010, 12:55 pm
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Ryan Johansen is #1, at least for this week anyway. Johansen’s goal against Everett last week where he skated through their defense has been deemed the play of the week by the WHL. Check out that goal, and the other top plays, right here.

It was the second time this week the Winterhawks were featured in the league’s video section, as they also ran a feature on Ty Rattie that can be seen here.

On the ice, the team travels to Everett to take on the Silvertips tonight, who still have yet to lose in 2010. Their winning streak is up to 12 games, including wins over Portland on Jan. 3 and 22. They’ve moved up to third in the conference, three points ahead of Portland with one game in hand. It’s an important game tonight: win and Portland cuts the deficit to one point, but lose and Everett goes up five points in the standings with just two head-to-head meetings left and that game in hand.

Right now the question on everyone’s mind is: will Luca Sbisa make his Winterhawks debut tonight? And here’s the answer: I don’t know. Sbisa skated yesterday and has working hard with trainer Rich Campbell, but he’s a game-time decision for tonight’s contest.

Next up after tonight is Seattle tomorrow at the Rose Garden, as the Hawks will try to improve to 8-0 (!) against the Thunderbirds this season. If you’re planning on going to the game, get your tickets now, because this game is very close to selling out. If you’re thinking of getting walk-up tickets tomorrow you could very well come up empty-handed.

It will be interesting to see if any bad blood lingers after the fight-filled final few minutes of last Saturday’s 6-1 win in Kent. Either way, that too is a big game for Portland. Every win gets Portland closer to clinching that coveted playoff spot, and wins over Seattle are especially critical to that goal. With the Thunderbirds in ninth place, any distance the Hawks can put between them and Seattle gets them that much closer to getting the -x next to their name in the standings.

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