Sweep City, Hawks Shutout Cougars 3-0
Portland Winterhawks (3) vs Prince George Cougars(0)
Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR– Saturday, December 8th
The Hawks earned their second shutout of the season to sweep the weekend set against Prince George, beating them 3-0 on Saturday night.
Portland buckled down from the opening face-off and did not allow a Prince George shot in the first ten minutes of the game. They turned that strong defensive start into a lead after the first period. In the 16th minute of the game, Jake Gricius scored on a left wing shot to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
Special teams play had already played a factor this weekend, and the Hawks added another power play goal in the second half of the second period. Cody Glass set up Ryan Hughes at the top of the right circle for a one-time blast to make it 2-0. Shane Farkas withstood pressure in the middle period and stopped all 14 shots that came his way through the first 40 minutes.
The Hawks tacked on one more goal in the final 30 seconds of the period to give them a commanding 3-0 lead. Defenseman Jared Freadrich sealed up the wall at the point to keep the puck in the zone and Seth Jarvis batted the puck mid-air to center ice for Jaydon Dureau. The Saskatchewan native poked the puck around the defender and found an alleyway behind Taylor Gauthier to force in his sixth goal of the season.
Neither team allowed a goal in the third period as the Hawks win 3-0 to earn their second shutout of the season behind Shane Farkas. In December, the Hawks have outscored opponents 26-6 and won four straight games.
Portland is on the road for back-to-back games against the Victoria Royals on Tuesday, December 11th and Wednesday, December 12th. The Hawks return home Sunday, December 16th against the Tri-City Americans. Be sure to visit winterhawks.com/tickets for full details on pricing and availability.
- 1st @ 16:38 – POR – Jake Gricius (14), Jared Freadrich, Cross Hanas
- 2nd @ 13:40 – POR – Ryan Hughes (10), Cody Glass, Joachim Blichfeld (PP)
- 2nd @ 19:35 – POR – Jaydon Dureau (6), Seth Jarvis, Jared Freadrich
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Shane Farkas with 22 saves
PG: Taylor Gauthier 36 with saves