Next: Road trip continues tonight at Moose Jaw and Saturday at Kootenay (Cranbrook, British Columbia). The Winter Hawks play two road games next weekend (Kelowna, Seattle) before returning for a home game Jan. 23 against Vancouver in the Rose Garden.
Hot players: Cody McLeod and Brandon Dubinsky continue to sizzle. McLeod has six goals and three assists from the past five games, Dubinsky eight goals and 14 assists from the past 16 games. They teamed for Portland's only goal in a 2-1 loss at Brandon, a game in which the Hawks outshot one of the WHL's top teams 32-19. McLeod has 17 goals.
This and that: Dubinsky sat out nearly the entire game against Regina on Tuesday with a severe headache.