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Tri-City Americans at Portland Winterhawks: Preview, Updates, Chat, How to Listen & Watch Stream

What: The Portland Winterhawks (2-0) are up against the Tri-City Americans (1-2) in the Western Hockey League.

When: Saturday, October 1, 6 p.m.

Where: memorial coliseum.

Watch: You can stream the game via CHL TV’s pay-per-view program (US$6.10 for a game).

Listen: Winterhawks and American Audio.

Consequences:

  • The box score.
  • Get updates and chat before, during and after the game.

The Portland Winterhawks got off to a good start to the 2022-23 season in northern British Columbia this past weekend, with back-to-back wins in the first two games of the season. Gabe Klassen led with 6 goals in 2 games, with 2 goals in Portland’s 6-5 overtime win over the Kelowna Rockets. Portland scored 2 goals in the last 5 minutes to equalize and then Luca Cagnoni took the overtime winner.

Now they return home with a full squad as last year’s top scorer James Stefan, as well as defenders Ryan McCleary and Marek Alscher return from pro camps. They could be favored in the next four games so a 6-0 start is not out of the question. It begins with their first of eight matchups against the Tri-City Americans.

Forward
20 11-Robbie Fromm-Delorme (195 games)
19 92-Jack O’Brien (142)
13-James Stephen (134)
16-gift classes (130)
9-Aidan Like (79)
21-Jonah Bevington (66)
67-Dawson Pasternak (36)
18 19-Kyle Chyzowski (101)
72-Marcus Nguyen (97)
77-Luke Shelter (80)
17 28-Josh Zakreski (18)
93-Nicholas Johnson (4)
20-Aiden Sotas (1)
16 90-Diego Buttazzoni (2)

The veterans got off to a good start last weekend.

Litke didn’t play in either game so it’s likely he’s injured.

Portland released Reid MacKay earlier in the week. They had acquired him from Lethbridge for an eighth-round pick in the off-season; He came to the shows but didn’t play last weekend. So you’re down to 14 forwards now.

Lead forward: Klassen (6 points/2 games), O’Brien (3/2), Nguyen (2/2), Chyzowski (2/2), Fromm-Delorme (2/2).

defender
20 47-Kurtis Smythe (128)
19 6-Ryan McCleary (92)
18 73-Luca Cagnoni (86)
43-Ryder Thompson (85)
26-Marek Alscher (72)
2-Josh Mori (47)
27-Nicholas Andrusiak (1)
17 59-Carter Sotheran (2)
14-Rhett Ravndahl (1)
16 91-Alex Thompson (1)

With McCleary and Alscher returning, they’re down to 10 defenders, which is at least 2 too many. So you need to make some changes.

It won’t go Sotheran. He had his first 3 league assists in the win over Kelowna, and none of them were cheap.

Leading Defenders: Sotheran (3/2), Cagnoni (2/2), Ryder Thompson (1/2).

goalkeeper
20 74-Dante Giannuzzi (70)
18 Jan 31 Špunar (0)

Giannuzzi had a good game against a shorthanded Kamloops, less so against Kelowna. The goalkeeper situation is still in flux.

Save percent: Giannuzzi .917.

Portland gets a scheduling advantage because Tri-City, after driving and returning to Prince George last week, is driving across Washington after its final game in Everett. They lost 4-2 to the Silvertips and were overshot 46-25. That was a big problem early in the season as it was last season: They were overshot in 3 games 128-77. It’s too hard to win when you’re giving up 40+ a night.

They finished bottom of the conference last season and lost four of their top six scorers, so expectations aren’t high. However, they clinched a win in Prince George last weekend and showed much more offensive power.

Forward
20 34-Jalen Luypen (219)
39-Ethan Ernst (187)
29-Reese Belton (138)
19 23-Tyson Greenway (140)
22 Parker Bell (126)
31-Adam Mechura (3)
18 15-Jake Sloan (80)
18-Dwayne Jean Jr (56)
60-Elouann Lemonnier (41)
11-Andrew fan (18)
17 24-Deagan McMillan (48)
9-Drew Suitor (40)
25 Tanner Gould (25)
16 13-Jordan Gavin (12)
12-Nick Anisimovicz (2)
88-Camerin Cardona (1)

Sloan is the breakout player following a decent 17-year season starting at 2 points a game.

Gavin is the second overall pick in 2021. Mechura is their Czech import.

They made an odd deal in the off-season, trading two players for signed 20-year-old Luypen. He was injured in pro camp and will be out for a while, which could make his return to junior more likely.

Lead forward: Sloan (6/3), Ernst (4/3), Gavin (3/3), Lemonnier (2/3), Jean Jr (2/3), Belton (2/3), Greenway (2/3) .

defender
20 4-Ian Ferguson (114)
19 28-Marc Lajoie (154)
37-Alex Serraglio (76)
44-Chase Friedt-Mohr (60)
18 3-Ben Feenan (54)
17 2-Luke Dragicevic (71)
21-Carter Savage (1)
16 6-Merrek Arpin (2)

Dragicevic is in the draft year and has been the top scorer in his age group.

Lajoie returned from pro camp and played his first game on Friday.

This group absorbs a lot of pressure from opposing strikers.

Leading Defenders: Dragicevic (3/3), Ferguson (2/3), Serraglio (1/3).

goalkeeper
19 1-Tomas Suchanek (45)
18 35-Nick Avakyan (27)

Suchanek played back-to-back last weekend and could be here. He was solid despite having 42.9 shots per game. Avakyan played Portland six times last season and gave up four times seven times or more.

Save percent: Suchanek .906.

winter hawk American Average
recording 2-0 1-2
goal difference +4 -1
goals/game 4.5 3.7 3.6
Goals Allowed/Game 2.5 4.0 3.6
power play 33.3% 27.3% 21.1%
kill penalty 81.8% 85.0% 78.9%
power plays for/game 1.5 3.7 4.4
power plays against/game 5.5 6.7 4.4
overtake opponents 2-0 0-3
After 1 period 1-0-1 1-1-1
After 2 periods 1-1 1-2
Result, last 10 games 27-26 30-40
Result, last 20 games 70-54 53-82
Total WHL games 1670 1740

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