Junior hockey report, Jan. 20

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS

Where they stand: At 30-12-2-1 (63 points), the Winterhawks are second in the U.S. Division behind Tri-City (34-10-0-0, 68 points).

This week: At Spokane on Saturday and Sunday, host Everett Jan. 24, at Spokane Jan. 27, at Seattle Jan. 28.

Last week: Beat Kelowna 2-1, beat Seattle 4-0, beat Tri-City 5-1.

Player of the week: Mac Carruth. The WHL and CHL goalie of the week winner stopped 87 of the 89 shots he faced in his last three games.

Notes and numbers:

• Portland’s home win streak is at 17 games, a new Winterhawks record. 1993-94 Winterhawks won 16 consecutive home games.

• Former Winterhawks team captain and head coach Brent Peterson will be inducted into the franchise’s Hall of Fame on Feb. 3. The ceremony will take place prior to that night’s game against the Everett Silvertips at 7 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum.

Peterson played for two seasons for the Winterhawks from 1976-78, and coached the Portland squad that won the 1998 Memorial Cup. He was the team’s head coach for five seasons before joining the expansion Nashville Predators as an assistant coach. Peterson remained behind the bench through the end of last season, and is now an advisor in their hockey operations department.

Peterson has Parkinson’s Disease, and auctions during the game will raise money for the Peterson Parkinson Foundation.

“With all of the people the team could put into the Hall of Fame, I’m honored to be inducted. I love the Winterhawks. This is a wonderful thing for my family and me,” Peterson said. “I’m sure I’ll be a little emotional with what’s gone on with my surgeries. But my last game as a Winterhawk was the Memorial Cup, and that was a special time. It’s a real honor to come back and do this.”

VANCOUVER VICTORY

Where they stand: At 16-16-2 (34 points), the Victory are tied with Yellowstone (16-13-2) for third place in the seven-team NORPAC.

This week: Vancouver visits Southern Oregon for three games: 7:35 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Games are at the RRRink in Medford.

The next home game is Friday, Feb. 3 against Southern Oregon.

Last week: Vancouver split two home games with Eugene, losing 5-1 on Friday then winning 6-4 on Saturday. On Sunday, the Victory lost to West Sound 5-3.