Portland Winterhawks Dismiss The Spokane Chiefs

When you outscore your opponents 18-3, chances are you'll win a seven game series in 4.  The Portland Winterhawks did just that, setting and breaking yet more team and WHL records along the way. Now, they wait for just over a week before they play their first game for the Western Conference Championship. They will play the Kamloops Blazers who, similar to the Hawks, won their series in 4 straight by defeating the Kelowna Rockets. 

The Hawks started off with a 7-2 win on Friday, earned a 3-0 shutout on Saturday and then went to Spokane, won 3-1 in game three and finished off with a 5-0 shutout in game four on Wednesday night. The games in Spokane were highlighted by Ty Rattie, who scored his 41st goal as a Winterhawk in the playoffs, which places him second in all-time playoff goals with former Philadelphia Flyer Reg Leach, who did it from 1967-70 with the Flin Flon Bombers and puts him 6 away from the record of 47 by Mark Pedersen of the 1983-87 Medicine Hat Tigers.
Rattie picked up 2 goals and an assist in Spokane, while Joey Baker doubled his regular season total by scoring his second of the playoffs. Taylor Peters notched a shorthanded goal midway through the first period of the Wednesday night game to  pretty much deflate any chance Spokane would make as a comeback. 

In the record book, Mac Carruth ended the series with a 0.75 goals against average, besting former Hawks goalie Lanny Ramage who had a 1.13 GAA. Carruth also had 2 shutouts in a series which has never happened before and his save percentage also bests Lanny Ramage. Carruth already holds most of the other Winterhawks goaltending records in the playoffs and still appears to have a lot of life left in his last eligible year with the team. 

With the Kamloops series now over, the Winterhawks announced the schedule for the Western Conference Championship with the winner to face off for the Ed Chynoweth Memorial WHL Championship.

Game 1 – Friday Apr 19 7:00pm Kamloops at Portland (Memorial Coliseum)
Game 2 – Saturday Apr 20 7:00pm Kamloops at Portland (Memorial Coliseum)
Game 3 – Tuesday Apr 23 7:00pm Portland at Kamloops
Game 4 – Wednesday Apr 24 7:00pm Portland at Kamloops 
Game 5 – Friday Apr 26 7:00pm Kamloops at Portland*(Rose Garden)
Game 6 – Sunday Apr 28 6:00pm Portland at Kamloops *
Game 7 – Tuesday Apr 30 7:00pm Kamloops at Portland* (Rose Garden)

*If necessary

This will be the third straight trip to the Western Conference Finals for the Winterhawks and the first time in 17 years for the Blazers. Portland won the regular season series versus Kamloops and could be poised at their third attempt at the Chynoweth Cup. Tickets for the series are on sale now. There should be strong crowds for the first two games, despite the Trail Blazers playing in the Rose Garden, so parking at the Rose Quarter will be tough.

About Stuart Kemp

Stuart Kemp is the President of the Portland Winterhawks Booster Club, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.