NEXT: The Winter Hawks, 6-3-1 in their past 10 games, have the week off before hitting the road for the swing through the Western Hockey League's Central Division, beginning Sunday at Kootenay.
STANDINGS: Portland is 10-7-1 and third in the five-team U.S. Division.
INJURIES: Goalie Dustin Butler (collarbone) could be ready within two weeks, but center Aaron Roberge (broken forearm) might be out another month. 'It's a bad one,' coach Mike Williamson says of the injury.
DEPARTURE: Defenseman Matt Fetzner has left the team and wants to be traded, but General Manager Ken Hodge hasn't heard much interest in him.
DID YOU KNOW?: Hodge says three quality 16-year-old players and five 15-year-olds are waiting in the wings, not to mention 2003 Bantam pick Sasha Golin (fifth overall), and the Hawks hope to challenge for the WHL championship by 2005-06.
SAY WHAT?: In acquiring Robin Big Snake in the offseason, the Hawks got their first enforcer since Joey Tetarenko in 1998, Hodge says. 'He's not the toughest kid in the world,' Hodge says. 'He's a light-heavy, but he volunteers himself. He's really good for our hockey team.'
LEADERS: Scoring Ñ Brandon Dubinsky, eight goals, 15 assists, 23 points. Plus/minus Ñ Brendan Mikkelson, +8. Penalty minutes Ñ Big Snake, 90. Goalie Ñ Krister Toews, 8-6-1 record, .910 save percentage, 2.64 goals-against.
Ñ Jason Vondersmith