Junior hockey report, Nov. 25

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS

Where they stand: At 15-9-1-1 (32 points), the Winterhawks are second in the U.S. Division behind Tri-City (17-6-0-0, 34 points).

This week: Portland plays four consecutive home games, starting with Friday’s 3 p.m. daylight game in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Swift Current is at the Coliseum at 5 p.m. on Sunday. There are home games at the Rose Garden on Dec. 2 (Everett) and Dec. 3 (Seattle).

Last week: won at Everett (7-3), lost at Seattle (6-3), beat visiting Regina (5-2), lost at Tri-City (7-6).

Player of the week: Ty Rattie. The forward had four goals and two assists, including a game-winner from his knees in Tuesday’s win over Regina.

Notes and numbers: If the Winterhawks hope to overtake the Tri-City Americans for first place in the U.S. Division, they must find a way to beat them. Tri-City is 4-0 against Portland this season after rallying on Wednesday for a 7-6 win in Kennewick. Goals 17 seconds apart with less than three minutes left in the game earned the Americans that win. ... Sven Bartschi and Rattie continue to roll. Bartschi had three goals and six assists and three multiple-point games this week. Rattie had four goals and two assists. In Wednesday’s loss at Tri-City, the linemates combined for four goals and three assists. ... Dillon Wagner scored his first two goals as a Winterhawk after coming off the 45-day injury list. ... Defenseman Troy Rutkowski had a pair of three-point nights in the last week, putting up three assists in Wednesday’s game at Tri-City and posting two goals and an assist in the Nov. 18 win at Everett.

VANCOUVER VICTORY

Where they stand: At 10-8, the Victory are tied with Yellowstone for third place in the seven-team NORPAC behind Southern Oregon (15-6) and Seattle (12-2-1).

This week: Vancouver visits Eugene at 7:30 p.m. Friday and hosts Eugene at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Mountain View Ice Arena.

Last week: Vancouver split a pair of home games against the West Sound Warriors from Bremerton, losing 5-4 on Nov. 18 and winning 8-4 on Nov. 19.

Noteworthy: The Victory couldn’t protect a 4-2 lead last Friday as West Sound scored twice in the final minute — and three times in the final 2:08. The winning goal was scored with three seconds left. A telling statistic from that game: West Sound scored two power-play goals on 10 chances; Vancouver was 1 for 1. In last Saturday’s 8-4 win over West Sound, the Warriors scored three of their goals from their five power plays, while the Victory were 0 for 3. ... After Saturday’s home game, the Victory play their next seven on the road, including three in Cody, Wyo., Dec. 2-4 against Yellowstone.