Kelowna in Portland for back-to-back games

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



The Portland Winterhawks host the Kelowna Rockets both Friday and Saturday at the Rose Garden. They then make their six-game road trip through the Western Hockey League’s East Division, meaning they won’t play another home game until Oct. 20.

The Winterhawks opened their season last weekend by winning two of three games.

Nic Petan led the way, scoring four goals and adding four assists to earn the first WHL player of the week award for this season. The 17-year-old center is in his second season with the Winterhawks.

Petan’s plus-6 rating trails only teammate Troy Rutkowski, who leads the WHL with a plus-7 rating. Rutkowski has six assists, which also leads the WHL. His six points are tops among all defensemen and tied for third overall in league scoring.

Other notes

• Camas native Trevor Cheek has been traded to the Vancouver Giants from the Calgary Hitmen.

Calgary needed to trade one of its 20-year-olds to get to the WHL limit of three.

Over two full seasons in Calgary, Cheek tallied 74 points, including 33 goals, in 124 games played.

“We are excited to add Trevor to our group, as it gives us a big power forward for our top-six group,” Giants general manager Scott Bonner said. “Players in the mold of Trevor are the type that prosper in our system and our team’s style is suited to them”

• After losing the season opener despite outshooting Seattle 57-27, the Winterhawks won at Seattle and at Tri-City. In those three games, they outshot their opponents by a combined 140-78, an average of 47-26.

• Tickets for all eight November home games are now on sale. That includes the Burgerville Daylight Classic on Nov. 23, when the Portland Winterhawks host the Kootenay Ice with the curtains open in Memorial Coliseum.

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