Jr. hockey report: Winterhawks set for Northwest rivals

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



Portland Winterhawks

This week: 7 p.m. Friday vs. Spokane (Veterans Memorial Coliseum); 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Seattle; 7:05 p.m. Nov. 29 at Spokane.

Last week: Lost at Everett 3-2, won at Kamloops 7-3.

Where they stand: At 17-5-1-1, the Winterhawks have 36 points and are second in the U.S. Division, two points behind Everett. Their winning percentage (.750) ranks second behind Kelowna. The Winterhawks are ranked fifth in this week’s BMO CHL Top 10, which ranks the top teams in all three CHL leagues. Kelowna is third. Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League tops the rankings.

Subway Super Series: The Winterhawks’ Nic Petan has been named an assistant captain for Team WHL, which takes on Team Russia on Wednesday in Red Deer and on Thursday in Lethbridge. Taylor Leier, Brendan Leipsic and Derrick Pouliot will also participate. The four Winterhawks are more than any other WHL team in the series.

League leaders: Nic Petan has 48 points in 24 games (13 goals, 35 assists) and ranks second behind Spokane’s Mitch Holmberg on the Western Hockey League points list. Oliver Bjorkstrand (18), Chase De Leo (17) and Taylor Leier (17) are all among the top 10 goal scorers in the league.

Three is the limit: The Winterhawks have allowed three or fewer goals in 14 consecutive games.NHL prospects: The NHL Central Scouting’s November preliminary watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft includes Winterhawks Chase De Leo, Keegan Iverson, Alex Schoenborn, and Dominic Turgeon. De Leo is projected as a possible first-round pick.

Fort Vancouver Vipers

This week: At West Sound of Bremerton at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Last week: Lost twice at home to Bellingham, 5-0 and 7-0; lost at Tri-City 13-0.

Next home game: 7 p.m. Nov. 29 vs. Eugene at Mountain View Ice Arena.

Where they stand: At 0-13, the Vipers are last in the five-team Northern Pacific Hockey League.