Weekly junior hockey report, Feb. 24

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS

Where they stand: At 42-15-2-1 (87 points), the Winterhawks are in first place in the U.S. Division, two points ahead of Tri-City (41-15-1-2). Kamloops (88 points) leads the BC Division and the Western Conference.

This week: Host Spokane at 7 p.m. Friday (Rose Garden), visit Everett at 5 p.m. Sunday, host Kamloops at 7 p.m. Tuesday, visit Tri-City at 7 p.m. March 2.

Last week: Won 4-1 at Everett, beat Seattle 11-2, beat Prince George 7-2 and 8-1.

Player of the week: Ty Rattie. The 18-year-old forward had seven goals and four assists in four Portland wins, and played at a plus-10.

Notes and numbers:

• Ty Rattie has 51 goals and 102 points. He is the first Winterhawk to score 50 goals in a season since Josef Balej had 51 in 2001-02. Rattie is the first Winterhawk to tally 100 points since Todd Robinson had 109 in the 1997-98 Memorial Cup season.

“We knew the way he started the season that he was capable of maybe scoring 50 goals,” coach and general manager Mike Johnston said. “Fifty goals and 100 points for an 18-year-old in our league is an amazing accomplishment.”

Johnston said Rattie always has been an elite scorer, but has developed into a well-rounded player.

• Rattie (against Seattle) and Brendan Leipsic (against Prince George) each had a five-point game with three goals and two assists in the past week.

• Oliver Gabriel has points in 12 consecutive games, Bartschi has points in 11 straight, defenseman Derrick Pouliot has an eight-game points streak, and Rattie has a seven-game streak.

• Defenseman William Wrenn (hand injury) is practicing with a brace. Johnston said it shouldn’t be much longer until the team captain is cleared to return to action. He has missed 10 games with the injury.

• Johnston said he does not expect to see Nino Niederreiter (New York Islanders) or Ryan Johansen (Columbus) play for Portland this season. Their NHL teams have until Monday’s trade deadline to send the 19-year-olds back to their junior team.

VANCOUVER VICTORY

Where they stand: At 17-21-3 (37 points), the Victory finished the regular season in fifth place in the seven-team NORPAC.

This week: Vancouver opens the playoffs with a best-of-three series against Eugene. Games 1 and 2 are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Eugene. A third game, if needed, would be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mountain View Ice Arena. The second round of the playoffs is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Last week: Beat Eugene 6-4, lost to Eugene 3-2 in overtime.