Sunday, November 30, 2014
Tuesday, the Winterhawks overcame a 2-1 deficit after one period to overtake the Victoria Royals at home in a 4-2 win. Friday, the Daylight Classic happened, and the Kootenay Ice were the opponents in a game where the curtains to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum were pulled back. The Winterhawks turned a three goal second period into a 5-2 win, with Adin Hill getting his second victory of the week. Saturday, the Winterhawks traveled to Kennewick, WA to take on the Tri-City Americans for the first time this season, and while the Winterhawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead at one point, they had to hold off an Ams comeback in the end to preserve a 3-2 win for Brendan Burke.
The Winterhawks will be a busy team this week, as they look to extend their winning streak at Victoria on Tuesday and at Vancouver on Friday before coming home to take on Everett Saturday and Medicine Hat Sunday.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
This week, the Otters have three games in three days, with a home game on Thanksgiving against Mississauga, a road trip to London on Friday, and will wrap up by welcoming Belleville on Saturday.
Monday, November 24, 2014
The Winterhawks welcome the Victoria Royals on Tuesday and will play against Kootenay on Friday before heading out to Kennewick for their first meeting of the season against Tri-City.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
In their home and home against the Everett Silvertips last weekend, the Portland Winterhawks managed to come away with three out of four points. In the Everett portion of the home and home last Friday, the Winterhawks managed to force a shootout, but could not close out the deal, as the Silvertips win 4-3, leaving the Winterhawks with a point. Sunday was the Winterhawks part of the home and home, and it was much kinder, as the Winterhawks would run over the Silvertips 7-1.
The Winterhawks head to British Columbia this week, as they will travel to Kamloops on Wednesday to take on the Blazers before a back-to-back in Kelowna on Friday and Saturday against the WHL-leading Rockets.
Monday, November 17, 2014
If Harding does clear waivers, he will be assigned to the Wild's AHL affiliate in Iowa. However, there are likely to be a few teams inquiring about his availability. Teams that could use a guy like Harding include Buffalo, Edmonton, New Jersey, and Winnipeg.
The Otters will try to find their way on Wednesday, as they host Plymouth before hitting the road for a game Friday at Sarnia and Saturday at Saginaw.
Friday, November 14, 2014
The task does not get any easier, as they will have a home and home with Everett, with Friday's game in Everett and Sunday's game will be at home.
Monday, November 10, 2014
The Otters are at home tomorrow against Mississauga in a Veterans' Day game that will have a start time of 5:30 PM. They will also hit the road on Friday against Niagara before coming home for a Saturday game against Kitchener.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
The Winterhawks finish their home stand this week, as they welcome Red Deer on Friday and Kamloops on Saturday.
Monday, November 3, 2014
The Otters look to continue their winning ways, as they travel to St. Catharines, ON for a match against Niagara before coming home to take on Sarnia on Friday and Saginaw on Saturday.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Clouston was brought in prior to last season amid high expectations, as they were pre-season favorites to win the East Division. Those expectations should have been met, as they were returning Leon Draisaitl from his solid rookie campaign in the the WHL, as well as Josh Morrisey and even brought in Cole Cheveldae to be the starting goalie after a solid tenure in Kamloops. Once the season started, things didn't go as planned. While Draisaitl did his part, everything else did not go as planned, as Cheveldae was splitting time with Nick McBride as the season wound down and the Raiders needed a tie-breaker game against Red Deer to make the playoffs, where they were promptly disposed of by eventual league and Memorial Cup champion Edmonton. A 6-9-0-0 record to start the season combined with some locker room disharmony (e.g. Dakota Conroy being sent home) contributed to Clouston's dismissal.
As for the new guy in Habscheid, he knows a thing or two about winning teams, as he has coached in Kamloops, Kelowna, and Chilliwack/Victoria, winning a league title in 2003 and the Memorial Cup in 2004. He was last seen in an executive position with the parent company that owns the Victoria Royals. Time away shouldn't be too much of a concern, as he had a five year hiatus between his last year in Kelowna (the Memorial Cup year) and his first year in Chilliwack.