March 22, 2010 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Portland Winterhawks
Hawks Happenings On The Ice:
Media will have one more opportunity to interview Winterhawks players and coaches in person before the team departs for Spokane when they practice Tuesday morning at Valley Ice Arena from 9 - 10 a.m. Players and coaches will be available for interviews by phone from Spokane; media should contact Graham Kendrick to make arrangements for interviews from the road.
The Winterhawks head into Spokane down 2-0 in the series, but Portland won all four games in Spokane during the regular season, by scores of 5-3 on October 2, 2-0 on October 31, 3-2 on December 16 and 5-4 on December 27.
With three assists apiece after the first two games of the playoff series against Spokane, Ryan Johansen and Nino Niederreiter are tied for the league lead in playoff scoring among rookies. In addition, Ty Rattie is tied with Tri-Cities' Sergei Drozd for the league lead among rookies in postseason plus/minus with a +3 ranking after two games.
Winterhawks forward Taylor Peters suffered a knee injury in Sunday's Game 2 that will keep him out for the remainder of the playoffs.
Hawks Happenings Off The Ice:
Game 4 of the series against Spokane Friday night will be broadcast live on 95.5 The Game. All other games of the series will be heard on Freedom 970 AM.
WHL Commissioner Ron Robison was on hand Sunday to present Ken Hodge with the 2009-10 WHL Governors Award, and former front office executive Jann Boss with the WHL Distinguished Service Award. The WHL Governors Award is presented annually to an individual who, through their outstanding services as a builder of the League and achievements in the game, has contributed to the growth and development of the WHL. The Distinguished Service Award, which the WHL introduced in the 2004 - 05 season, is presented annually to an individual associated with the WHL who has made an extraordinary contribution over an extended period of time at the Club or League level.