Portland Winterhawks at Victoria Royals: Preview, updates, chat, how to listen and watch the stream – OregonLive

What: The Portland Winterhawks (36-14-3-2) take on the Victoria Royals (16-32-5-1) in Western Hockey League action.
When: Wednesday, March 9, 7pm.
Where: Save-On Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria, British Columbia.
Watch: You can stream the game via the CHL TV pay per view (CDN$6.99 for one game).
Listen: Winterhawks and Royals audio.
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The Portland Winterhawks’ easy-looking path to 1st in the conference going into the weekend had a washout after they crossed the ferry, as the 9th place Victoria Royals pulled a 5-3 upset Tuesday night. It was mostly about the Winterhawks running into Tyler Palmer, who stopped 47 of 50 as Portland couldn’t win with a 50-32 shot advantage. The goaltending against Portland overall has been terrible this season, so this could be considered things slightly correcting themselves. Robbie Fromm-Delorme had a big game with 2 goals and an assist, but couldn’t get any of Portland’s other big guns to fire along with him.
Portland still has a path to 1st by the end of the weekend, but it entails sweeping the rest of the week, including a road win over Seattle, then having the Thunderbirds knock off Everett the next night, and having Kelowna continue to give Kamloops trouble. It’s not a big deal anyway, and it was unthinkable a couple of weeks ago, so to be in this position is an accomplishment.
Dureau would no doubt rather be playing in the pros where he started the season, but his return has been big for Portland and he plays in his 200th WHL game. 5 of those are playoff games. He is going to get a late assist from Tuesday so add one more to his total, and give him a 6-game point streak.
Fromm-Delorme has goals in 3 straight games, 4 goals and 2 assists.
Leading forwards: Hanas (66 points/50 games), Kozak (63/55), Stefan (63/55), Klassen (52/55), Dureau (48/36).
Smythe returned from suspension with a 2-point night, including a long bomb that sprung Fromm-Delorme on a breakaway.
Leading defensemen: Hanus (55/55), Cagnoni (31/50), McCleary (26/50).
With the big Seattle game on Friday, you would think Giannuzzi gets the call for this one. Unless they’ve altered their strategy as the stretch run hits.
Save percentages: Gauthier .932, Giannuzzi .894.
This was the Royals first win over a team other than the Vancouver Giants since a win over Tri-City on December 17. In fact, 9 of the Royals’ 16 wins are over Vancouver, which has to be a record for largest share of wins against one team, unless the Victoria Cougars beat a team twice in their 4-win season in 1989-90. The Royals are 9-3 against Vancouver, 2-0 against Portland, 2-1 against Tri-City, and 3-28-5-1 against the rest of the conference.
This is the third and final regular season meeting between the teams. There was only one game in Portland; there was another one scheduled but because of the early-season travel restrictions Portland’s opponent was changed to Everett instead.
They are considered a fast team, so it may be noteworthy that a team that can more or less skate with the Winterhawks has beaten them twice. If they complete the sweep they’ll jump ahead of Spokane for the last playoff spot.
The Winterhawks couldn’t stop Fizer, whose 4-point night was overshadowed by Palmer’s goalie heroics, and Peach, who had a penalty shot goal that was arguably the turning point.
They do play their top forwards a lot, which could be an issue in a back-to-back.
Leading forwards: Peach (69/54), Schuurman (45/54), Fizer (35/24), Derungs (25/33), Gannon (25/53).
Laroque went off injured in the 1st period and didn’t return after a hit by Luke Schelter. The league might take a quick look to see if any supplemental discipline is in order since it was a penalized hit. But Laroque might be in doubt.
Shipley had a big goal Tuesday.
Leading defensemen: Laroque (46/54), Parker (15/52), Shipley (13/53).
The Royals have games in Prince George Friday and Saturday, so backup Arnold might get the call here.
Save percentages: Palmer .909, Arnold .895.
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