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

What: The Portland Winterhawks (39-15-3-2) take on the Seattle Thunderbirds (36-16-4-2) in Western Hockey League action.
When: Sunday, March 20, 5pm.
Where: Memorial Coliseum.
Watch: You can stream the game via the CHL TV pay per view (CDN$6.99 for one game).
Listen: Winterhawks and Thunderbirds audio.
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The Winterhawks struggled Saturday night at even strength against the shorthanded Seattle Thunderbirds, most notably in the 1st period where they only had one even-strength shot. But it didn’t matter as they got three power play goals, all from Jaydon Dureau, and held Seattle down enough to run out of ShoWare Center with a 4-1 win. It puts them 5 points ahead of Seattle in 3rd place in the WHL’s Western Conference.
They would have liked to have made the game a little easier, but they get another chance at home with Seattle on Sunday. They’ll have an advantage in rest (Seattle’s playing their third game in three nights) and injuries. The Thunderbirds do have the easier schedule down the stretch, so especially for that reason the Winterhawks would want to take advantage of them when they’re down.
When the game was tight Portland was struggling to generate much offense, so Dureau’s power-play hat trick was crucial.
Stefan set up Dureau’s first goal, 22 seconds into the game, which increased his point streak to 4 games.
Leading forwards: Hanas (73 points/54 games), Stefan (69/59), Kozak (65/59), Dureau (53/40), Klassen (53/59).
With the exceptions of Hanus and to some extent Cagnoni, Portland’s defensemen were bothered by Seattle’s forecheck Saturday. Will they be able to do better against a weary team?
2 more assists for Hanus give him 6 in 2 games and a 4-game point streak.
Leading defensemen: Hanus (64/59), Cagnoni (32/54), McCleary (27/54).
Gauthier was again big with a 33-save night.
Save percentages: Gauthier .934, Giannuzzi .891.
Seattle on Saturday night missed top scorers Henrik Rybinski and Jared Davidson, NHL-drafted forwards Matthew Rempe and Lucas Ciona, good stay-at-home defensemen Tyrel Bauer and Ryan Gottfried, and Gabe Ludwig, who’s been a decent depth player. Despite that, they were the better team Saturday night…if you took out the power plays.
They’ll at least get Rempe back from a 3-game suspension.
A win would keep them within 3 or 4 points of Portland, close enough that they could hope an easier schedule would be decisive.
Gustafson had a very good game and had Seattle’s only point on a penalty shot.
Svejkovsky and Roulette lost their battles with Gauthier. They can’t be shut out again for Seattle to win.
Leading forwards: Davidson (69/55), Svejkovsky (61/49), Roulette (55/55), Rybinski (54/39), Gustafson (50/54).
Some credit may be due to Korchinski, Hanzel, and Knazko for Seattle winning the even-strength play, even though it didn’t show on the scoreboard.
Leading defensemen: Korchinski (51/57), Hanzel (28/53), Gottfried (15/57).
Milic wasn’t much at fault for any of the goals, but he didn’t make many big stops, either. If it’s Seattle-Kelowna in the 1st round, would you like him in a goal battle with Talyn Boyko?
Save percentages: Milic .910, Ratzlaff .904.
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