After a loss on the last night of the season, Portland dropped back out of 3rd place in the U.S. Division and into the 1st wild card position of the Western Conference. While that may seem like a disappointing end to the season, the Winterhawks now draw into the weaker B.C. division and won’t have to face Everett or Seattle until the 3rd round (if they get that far.
Portland went 8-2 in March to finish off their season strong heading into playoffs.
First round (Prince George Cougars)
They split the season series with 2 wins and 2 losses each. One of Portland’s losses came in a shootout.
Players to watch:
Portland’s line of Iverson, Glass, and McKenzie – They’ve carried the scoring load for Portland this year and they’ll need to be dominant if the Winterhawks expect to make a run this postseason.
Ty Edmonds – With his junior career about to end, he just became Prince George’s winningest goalie in franchise history and finishes with over 100 wins in his WHL career. He will play to keep his career as long as he can. Expect Edmonds to take over a couple games this series.
My prediction: Portland in 7
It will be interesting to see how far this young team like Portland can go. If they win, they’ll play against either Kelowna or Kamloops in round 2 and they’re both beatable.