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Top Wins of 2009-10: #2
April 27, 2010, 11:06 am
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We’re taking one last look at the 2009-10 season before Thursday’s bantam draft serves as the unofficial start to the 2010-11 season (at least for most of the WHL, as the playoffs are ongoing). To put a bow on the season I’m looking back at the team’s top-five wins of the season. Today I look at #2. For #3 go here, for #4 and #5 click here, and for the honorable mentions, follow this link.

#2: November 7: 4-3 win vs. Seattle. 2.9 seconds isn’t a long time. It’s enough time to realize Jersey Shore is awful, but that’s about it. But on November 7 against Seattle 2.9 seconds was just enough time to pull off a miracle.

The Winterhawks were hosting the Seattle Thunderbirds in front of a raucous Rose Garden crowd on Dash For Cash night. The T-Birds had a 3-1 lead heading into the third period with Calvin Pickard standing on his head in net. Chris Francis scored his second of the night 7:18 into the period to make it 3-2, but Pickard kept turning away the Hawks.

Seattle was hanging on by their fingernails as Portland kept applying pressure trying to get the tying goal. Finally, with 2.9 seconds left, the teams lined up for a faceoff in the Seattle zone, with Spencer Bennett taking the draw for the Hawks. The linesman dropped the puck, and Bennett and Seattle center Lindsay Nielsen tied each other up. The puck eventually bounced off Nielsen’s skate onto the stick of Chris Francis. And from there, well, check out the video.

Francis fired a seeing-eye shot that found its way through a forest of players and past Pickard just before time expired to tie the game at 3-3 and force overtime, while also giving him his first career hat trick.

The extra frame didn’t settle anything, so the game went to a shootout. Seattle went up 1-0 after the first round, and Jacob Berglund took the puck for Portland in the second round. He came down the ice and faked Pickard into the third row and put it past him to make it 1-1. Sena Acolatse missed his second round attempt, keeping the tie intact in the final round.

Naturally, with the game on the line, it came down to Francis to play hero once more. He took Pickard one direction, forced the goaltender to commit, then reached around and slid the puck past Pickard on his right.

Chris Francis scores the game-winner in the shootout.

When Kurtis Mucha stopped Charles Wells on Seattle’s last attempt, the team and the crowd went crazy.

When Chris Francis looks back on his WHL career, this promises to be one night he’ll never forget: a hat trick, the game-tying goal off a faceoff with under a second to go, and the shootout winner. Not bad for a night’s work.


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Franny rocks!!!!! ill miss him this season! ( 10-11) =(

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