Junior hockey report, Jan. 27

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS

Where they stand: At 31-14-2-1 (65 points), the Winterhawks are second in the U.S. Division behind Tri-City (35-10-0-1, 71 points).

This week: At Spokane on Friday and at Seattle on Sunday. Next home games are Feb. 3, Feb. 4 and Feb. 6.

Last week: Lost at Spokane 5-2 and 6-1, beat Everett 7-4.

Player of the week: Joe Morrow. The defenseman had two goals and one assist in Tuesday’s win over Everett.

Notes and numbers:

• Portland’s home win streak is at 18 games, a new Winterhawks record. The 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.

• The Winterhawks have signed two centers who are expected to join the team next season:

Presten Kopeck, 16, was drafted in the third round of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, 60th overall. He is playing this season for the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, where he has seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 45 games.

Adam De Champlain, 17, was Portland’s 10th-round pick in the 2009 bantam draft. He is playing this season for the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, where he has eight goals and six assists for 14 points in 38 games.

VANCOUVER VICTORY

Where they stand: At 16-19-2 (34 points), the Victory are in fifth place in the seven-team NORPAC.

This week: Vancouver is idle until Friday, Feb. 3 when it hosts Southern Oregon.

Last week: Vancouver lost three games against Southern Oregon by scores of 8-0, 8-3, and 9-5.

Schedule update: The Victory have four scheduled home games left. There is also one makeup game against Seattle still to be scheduled.

Playoff picture: Last week’s three losses all but locked Vancouver into fifth place. The Victory have played the most games in the league, which gives them little shot at catching Eugene or Yellowstone. The top six teams make the playoffs, and Vancouver will be one of those.