Game Day Hub: November 17 vs. Prince Albert
Portland Winterhawks vs. Prince Albert Raiders
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Tell a friend – the Winterhawks are back in town for Hometown Heroes Night against the Prince Albert Raiders!
Puck Drop: 7:00 P.M.
Venue: Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland, Ore.
2022-23 Season Series: Portland went 1-0-0-0 against Prince Albert
Portland 5 @ Prince Albert 3 (Jan 10 2023)
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Saturday, December 2 – Fox12/KPTV Toy Drive – BUY TICKETS
Sunday, December 3 – Women of the Rose City Night – BUY TICKETS
Saturday, December 9 – Teddy Bear Toss – BUY TICKETS
Saturday, December 16 – Holiday Sweater Night – BUY TICKETS
FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score
Home Sweet Home
It’s been a long month away from home ice, but the Hawks are returning from a trek through Western Canada with plenty of momentum. The team has picked up points in five straight games, with wins in each of the last three. Now, they come back to an environment in which they have yet to lose this season, owning a perfect 5-0-0 home record to start the campaign. Not to mention – the last home game saw Portland put up 11(!) goals against the Brandon Wheat Kings in a dominant showing back on Oct. 18, and the team has outscored opponents by an absurd 32-5 margin at the VMC.
Tonight’s game marks our annual Hometown Heroes Night, a celebration of everyone who helps strength our community and our country. From military service members, to local police and firefighters, to doctors, nurses, teachers and more, we dedicate tonight to all those committed to serving others.
Fans can grab a “My Hero Is…” sticker on their way into the arena to proudly show support for friends, family and loved ones who have served or are serving. Aside from our nightly hometown hero salute, there will also be a call during the game to recognize those who have served in the above capacities and beyond. It’s a special opportunity to put the spotlight on those who don’t get it often enough – let us know on social media who YOUR heroes are!
Portland got the better of Prince Albert at the Art Hauser Center back in January in a 5-3 win led by P.A.-native Gabe Klassen. As the two clubs reunite 10 months later, both look different and pose new threats throughout the lineup. For the Raiders, that threat is spearheaded by top 2024 NHL Draft prospect Ryder Ritchie.
A 55-point first season that saw him with WHL Rookie of the Year honors has springboarded his sophomore season, in which the 17-year-old has posted 12 goals and 25 points through 23 games this year – good for second on his team behind 20-year-old Sloan Stanick. Projected by many to go in the first round, and perhaps even the top-10, of this year’s NHL Draft, Ritchie boasts impressive hockey sense and a lethal finishing touch that fuels Prince Albert’s offense.
Between the pipes, Max Hildebrand and Chase Coward have split duties almost evenly this season, with Hildebrand posting stronger numbers through 11 starts to Coward’s 13. Regardless of who gets the nod, Portland will look to create havoc in front of the net early and ride the energy of the crowd in its return to a raucous VMC.