Junior hockey report, Oct. 28

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS

Where they stand: At 7-6-1-1 (16 points), the Winterhawks are third in the U.S. Division behind Tri-City (20 points) and Spokane (17 points).

This week: Portland concludes its longest road trip of the season — nine games over 17 days — with games Friday at Lethbridge, Saturday at Kootenay, Wednesday at Kamloops, and Nov. 4-5 at Kelowna.

Last week: Lost at Edmonton (8-4), lost at Red Deer (2-1), won at Calgary (7-1), lost at Medicine Hat (4-2).

Player of the week: Defenseman Joe Morrow. Scored two goals and had five assists over the last five games.

Notes and numbers: The Winterhawks acquired right winger Dillon Wagner from Swift Current for forward Adam Smith, who had been playing in the British Columbia Hockey League this season. Wagner, 20, has spent his entire career in Swift Current. The Winterhawks now have filled all three available 20-year-old spots on the roster. Charles Wells and team captain William Wrenn are the other two 20-year-olds. ... On Wednesday and Thursday, the Winterhawks faced teams coached by former Winterhawks. Portland beat Mike Williamson’s Calgary Hitmen 7-1 on Wednesday, then lost to Shaun Clouston’s Medicine Hat Tigers on Thursday. Medicine Hat (10-4) took the lead with a late power-play goal, then added an empty-net goal.

VANCOUVER VICTORY

Where they stand: At 6-3, the Victory are second in the eight-team NORPAC behind 7-2 Southern Oregon.

This week: Vancouver visits third-place Seattle for games Friday and Saturday at Olympic View Ice Arena in Mountlake Terrace.

Last week: Vancouver went 2-1 in three games at Glacier of Whitefish, Mont. Two games at Butte were canceled.

Noteworthy: The Victory are scheduled to play five consecutive home games beginning on Nov. 12 at Mountain View Ice Arena.