They were/are a very good team. For you to wonder WHY people are dogging them there are several reasons.
1.) The Winterhawks Coach, as well as several players are arrogant and have been all year and last included. I think everyone understands that kids at times make mistakes and say things or do things they should not. However, when over a 2+ year period the same players go about their actions and talk repeatedly it will have a tendency for people not to "give them the benefit of the doubt For example if LB of the kings swipes at the camera (if they would have lost) most people would be willing to "let it go since he has never been a pot stirrer in the WHL. When Mac does it, it is different as, he has spent the last 2.5 years starting trash and talking it, he is forced to reap what he sowed. Everyone has tired of it as well as Ross and others as well and now that PDX failed other fans are hammering back on them. Your coach I have to assume likes this as he does little to curb it. He is also in the dreaded it starts from the top position.
2.) They are good and when they fail many people like to pile on as perhaps they beat their team and they want some kind of revenge. Portland outplayed the AMs, I am fine with the loss as they were the better team and deserved to play in the next round.
3.) It is a junior hockey message board and many people like to just talk trash to others and fire them up. Also some of the PDX fans came out talking trash in the Kamloops series and never stopped. Much like MAC you reap what you sow.