What: Portland (1-0-1) takes on Spokane (0-1-0-1) in Western Hockey League action.

When: Sunday, March 21, 5pm.

Where: ShoWare Center, Kent, Washington.

Watch: You can stream the game via the CHL TV pay per view (free as Portland’s “home opener”).

Listen: Portland and Spokane audio.

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The Portland Winterhawks are playing a home game in Kent, Washington. A month ago it looked like they were going to need to do this often in the next two months. The questions were many: would “Portland Sucks” be piped into the arena as they came on the ice? would Gary Glitter greet Winterhawks goals? The State of Oregon finally gave the Winterhawks the approval they needed, and so this will be only game of the 12 at home that won’t actually be at home.

Portland can make it a good weekend with a win at their second home. Saturday night, as the ShoWare visitors, they overcame a slow start and won their game against Seattle with three goals in an 8-minute stretch. Dante Giannuzzi kept the Thunderbirds off the scoreboard in the first, and Mason Mannek clinched both the game and a Gordie Howe hat trick with an empty net goal from his own blue line late in the game. They go for a (Thursday-Saturday-Sunday) weekend with 5 points out of 6, as they face a desperate Spokane.

Forwards
20 26-Mason Mannek (207)
19 12-Reece Newkirk (200)
22-Jaydon Dureau (141)
74-Kishaun Gervais (31)
18 11-Robbie Fromm-Delorme (122)
18-Tyson Kozak (74)
24-Seth Jarvis (137)
36-Simon Knak (51)
17 9-Aidan Litke (2)
16-Gabe Klassen (32)
21-Jonah Bevington (2)
16 19-Kyle Chyzowski (2)
72-Marcus Nguyen (2)

Jarvis recorded his first point Saturday, and could have had a few more if not for the goalie.

Kozak left in the 2nd and didn’t return. If he can’t go and Gervais is still out, the Winterhawks will be a forward short.

Leading forwards: Mannek (3/2), Newkirk (3/2), Litke (1/2), Dureau (1/2), Fromm-Delorme (1/2), Jarvis (1/2), Knak (1/2), Klassen (1/2).

Defensemen
20 29-Nick Cicek (121)
19 2-Kade Nolan (88)
27-Jonas Brøndberg (52)
18 23-Kurtis Smythe (31)
17 6-Ryan McCleary (1)
44-Brody Tallman (1)
16 3-Luca Cagnoni (0)
43-Ryder Thompson (2)

It’s been a good start for the veteran defensemen, with 5 total points and no goals allowed at even strength for Cicek, Nolan and Brøndberg.

Leading defensemen: Brøndberg (2/2), Nolan (1/2), Cicek (1/2).

Goalies
19 35-Brock Gould (64)
18 31-Dante Giannuzzi (15)

Giannuzzi has played the first two and played well. We’ll get an idea if they see Gould as someone who only plays in 3-in-3s, or if he’s more than that.

Goalie numbers: Giannuzzi .938 save percentage (4 saves above .870).

Spokane has spent the whole weekend in the Puget Sound, and it’s been a struggle. They opened the season Friday at ShoWare with a 4-3 overtime loss to Seattle, and Saturday they were shut out in Everett 2-0. They’re hoping Wild 3rd-rounder Adam Beckman and longtime veteran Eli Zummack can keep a young team competitive. Their roster has nine 17-year-olds, none of whom have a point yet. In a 24-game season, a 1-point-in-3-games start would put them under a lot of pressure.

Forwards
20 29-Eli Zummack (257)
19 16-Cordel Larson (141)
34-Adam Beckman (139)
18 12-Erik Atchison (95)
20-Reed Jacobson (52)
26-Jack Finley (146)
17 11-Ty Cheveldayoff (2)
13-Grady Lane (3)
15-Blake Swetlikoff (13)
17-Brandon Reller (29)
18-Copeland Fricker (2)
27-Owen MacNeil (48)
16 28-Ben Thornton (2)

Obviously not much outside their two stars. Finley is out, he would be their third star playing with Beckman.

They haven’t gotten anything from their young players yet. Thornton is a 1st-round pick who made his season debut Saturday after playing one game last season. MacNeil is a 2nd-round pick who played a lot last season.

Leading forwards: Beckman (3/2), Zummack (2/2), Atchison (1/2).

Defensemen
20 3-Matt Leduc (177)
21-Bobby Russell (174)
19 5-Jordan Chudley (77)
18 6-Mac Gross (29)
25-Raegan Wiles (40)
17 4-Chase Friedt-Mohr (2)
7-Graham Sward (58)
16 2-Logan Cunningham (2)

Their main hope is that Sward takes a step forward after a decent rookie year. Leduc and Russell are the veterans.

Leading defenseman: Wiles (1/2), Russell (1/2).

Goalies
18 1-Campbell Arnold (25)
17 30-Mason Beaupit (4)
16 31-Manny Panghli (0)

This was supposed to be Lukas Parik, but they gave him a Covid loan to the USHL. Arnold and Beaupit have each played a game, and each has played well.

Goalie numbers: Arnold .919 (2), Beaupit .909 (1).

Portland Spokane Average
Goal difference +2 -3
Goals/game 3.0 1.5 3.2
Goals allowed/game 2.0 3.0 3.2
Score, last 10 games 40-28 43-19
Score, last 20 games 90-63 91-47
Power play 20.0% 20.0% 23.4%
Penalty kill 62.5% 80.0% 76.6%
Power plays for/game 5.0 2.5 4.4
Power plays against/game 4.0 2.5 4.4
Outshooting opponents 0-2 0-1-1

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