Status: Portland (18-15-3) plays Seattle at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Rose Garden. É The Winter Hawks are 10-9 in New Year's Eve games, including 8-4 versus the T-Birds. É Spokane, Tri-City and Portland are separated by only two points in the Western Hockey League's U.S. Division.

Starting 2003: Portland will play at Tri-City on Saturday and hosts Spokane on Sunday (5 p.m., Memorial Coliseum).

In and out: Chad Wolkowski will be returning to the team after he went home to Calgary last month for personal reasons. The 20-year-old winger wanted to return to the Winter Hawks before the Christmas break, but Portland officials had not determined whether they wanted him back, then he had some immigration difficulties. É Leading goal scorer Dan Da Silva sat out Sunday's game because of a concussion suffered nearly two weeks ago.

Stat leaders: Scoring Ð Brandon Dubinsky, 18 goals-28 assists-44 points. Plus/minus Ð Richie Regehr, +13. Penalty minutes Ð Robin Big Snake, 150.