Friday, February 22, 2013

Hawks vs. Cougars Preview

Portland (49-9-1-2-101 pts, currently 1st in WHL) vs. Prince George (18-34-2-6-44 pts, currently 9th in West, 3 pts behind Everett for the 8th playoff seed).

In a possible first round playoff match-up, Portland plays Friday and Saturday night at the CN Centre  in Prince George. The Hawks are 2-0 against P.G. this year, with 6-4 and 3-0 victories at home in early January.

P.G. is just getting back from an Eastern road trip, going 1-3 in Alberta. They are 4-8, overall, vs the U.S. division. They really need to get some points from this weekend series in order to keep pace with Everett and Seattle (sitting behind them 3 and 5 pts, respectively, with 12 games to play for all).

Cougars to watch:
-#28 Colin Jacobs- the enforcer a lot of Hawks fans know as a Thunderbird, leads the team with 22 goals and 21 assists.
-#6 Dallas Ehrhardt- will be out there for most of the game and most likely get the match-up against the Petan-Leipsic-Rattie line.
-#26 Zach Pochiro- the 18 year old rookie from Las Vegas, has come on as of late and has 28 pts overall.
-#20 Troy Bourke (pictured)- The 18 year old just achieved his 3rd straight 40 point  season.

Random Notes:
-P.G. has signed, yet another, Goaltender with Matt Kustra getting inked on Thursday. They now have 5 on their roster. Mac Engel has gotten into 38 games as a Coug, but 30 games played have been split by 3 other goalies.
-Edmonton begins their U.S. division swing with their game in Spokane tonight. The Hawks are 10 points up on Edmonton with 11 games to play (They play on the 27th).
-It's, most likely, that Burke will get the start tonight and Carruth will start on Saturday.

-In a great article by Gregg Drinnan, he reports that the Hawks are hoping to get Derrick Pouliot into at least 8 games before the playoffs (do the math and that looks like the target is the game vs the Oil Kings).
-Yet another article about Seth Jones being awesome by the Canadian Press.
-Dated, yet very interesting look at the fallout between draft age star Alex Forsberg and Cougars management.

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