Junior hockey report 10/26

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter



Portland Winterhawks

This week: Host Tri-City, 5 p.m. Sunday; host Everett, 7 p.m. Wednesday.Last week: Beat Seattle 6-1 on Oct. 20.

Where they stand: At 8-3-1, 17 points, the Winterhawks are third in the U.S. Division behind Tri-City (9-3-1-1, 20 points) and Spokane (9-4-0, 18 points).Rookies on the board: Sixteen-year-old forwards Dominic Turgeon and Keegan Iverson became the most recent rookies to score their first WHL goal during Portland’s 6-1 win over Seattle on Oct. 20. Through only 12 games, 16 different Winterhawks have already scored goals this season.

Stat leaders: Nic Petan (18 points) has three consecutive multi-point games and is one of six Winterhawks with 10 or more points on the season. Ty Rattie (8) leads in goals scored.Canada-Russia series selections: Ty Rattie, Tyler Wotherspoon and Derrick Pouliot have been named to the Team WHL roster for the Nov. 15 game at Victoria, B.C., against the Russian Junior National Team. The Subway Super Series features regional teams of Canadian Hockey League All-Stars competing against the Russian National Junior Team in a six games that are part of the process for selecting the Team Canada roster for the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Injury update: Brendan Leipsic, Taylor Leier and Alex Schoenborn are questionable for Sunday’s game.

Vancouver Vipers

This week: Vipers play games Friday and Saturday at Glacier of Whitefish, Mont.

Last week: Lost 9-2 to Eugene; lost 8-1 at Eugene; lost 4-2 at Tri-City.

Where they stand: At 1-6, Vancouver is last in the six-team Northern Pacific Hockey League.

Next home games: Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, Bellingham is at Mountain View Ice Arena for 7:35 p.m. games.

Roster update: The Vipers, who had only 13 skaters last weekend, expect to add a goalie next week, and to pick up two players while visiting Montana this weekend.

Try Hockey Day: Mountain View Ice Arena will hold a free event on Nov. 3 for kids ages 6-10 to try hockey for free. To learn more, call the rink at 360-896-8700.

Host a player: The Vipers are still looking for homes for several of their out-of-town players. For billet details, e-mail Biz Larkin at billetaviper@ymail.com.