Next: In the midst of their five-game stretch against Tri-City, the Winter Hawks play at Tri-City at 7 tonight, and play host to the Americans at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Rose Garden. Then, it's a break for Christmas; the first two games after the break will be against Tri-City.

This and that: It'll be the first Rose Garden game for the Winter Hawks. … Portland has a 3-12-0-1 road record and has lost four consecutive games at home. … Before last Sunday's 4-2 win at Tri-City, the Winter Hawks had allowed three or more goals in the first period in six of the previous 15 games. … Portland has five shutout losses; the franchise record is eight in 2002-03. … Rookie Chip Petrino (flulike symptoms) remains day to day; other than that, the Winter Hawks have a healthy team. … The latest Western Major Junior Hockey League writers' poll had Portland ranked 19th out of 21 teams, ahead of only expansion Chilliwack and Saskatoon. Everett and Vancouver remained 1-2.

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