Next: It's three games in three nights, starting at 7:30 tonight in Memorial Coliseum against Medicine Hat. Everett plays here at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Sunday, Portland is at Chilliwack at 5 p.m.
Update: Portland had a 2-1 record in one-goal games, after going 18-5-3-5 last year, not including all five playoff wins by one goal. … In the past five games, the penalty kill unit has been good (88.6 percent) and power play decent until going 0 for 12 at Everett. … Max Gordichuk played in his 200th career game last weekend. … The Medicine Hat game will be the first of six at home against WHL Central Division teams. The Hawks went 0-4-1 against Central teams last year, all on the road. … Defenseman Cameron Cepek (jaw) remains out indefinitely. … The most recent poll by the Western Major Junior Hockey League Writers Association had Portland at No. 19 in the 21-team league, ahead of Kelowna and expansion Chilliwack. … Vancouver was No. 1, followed by Winter Hawk division foes Everett and Tri-City and Medicine Hat, which has been a WHL juggernaut for three years. … The Tigers' associate coach is Shaun Clouston, a former Hawk player and assistant coach.
Youth movement: The Hawks released Brayden Nargang, 18, and added Matt Sokol, 17, from Medicine Hat for a fifth-round bantam pick. That gives Portland seven 17-year-olds and six 16-year-olds. Sokol, who comes from the California Wave program that produced Cepek, saw limited action last year and played in eight games with Medicine Hat this season. He's from Los Angeles.
'It's important that we add some skill into our lineup,' GM Ken Hodge says. 'This works well with our age group that we are trying to develop.'
- Jason Vondersmith