Keith Hamilton has been a solid goalie. But if Mac Carruth returns to health and top form, he’ll be the man in net for the Winterhawks in the WHL playoffs. “He’s still our No. 1 guy,” coach Mike Johnston says. “We aren’t going to change now. We knew we had two solid goaltenders. We knew it’d be important to have that. Keith’s been very capable.” Carruth suffered a concussion Feb. 22 at Prince George and missed some games before returning March 1 against Tri-City, and then “tweaked” a muscle in the groin or hamstring before the March 4 game against Seattle. Entering Wednesday’s home game against Vancouver, he had missed the previous five games. Hamilton had backstopped Portland to seven wins in nine games entering Wednesday. • The Hawks play host to Everett on Friday (7 p.m., Rose Garden) and Spokane on Sunday (5 p.m., Rose Garden), sandwiching a game at Seattle on Saturday. The Hawks led Spokane by a point in the U.S. Division and Western Conference entering the week. … Johnston, on his team’s play: “I’m really happy.” On titles within reach, he adds: “They’re really excited about finishing the season. There’s lots of life (in the locker room).” … The Hawks needed only three points this week to reach 100 for the first time since 1997-98. … Hawk forwards Ty Rattie and Riley Boychuk returned last weekend from injuries. — Jason Vondersmith

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