Winter Hawks


Portland finished 17-52-1-2 for 37 points, the second-worst record in team history. The 1990-91 squad went 17-53-2 for 36 points. The Hawks missed the playoffs for just the fifth time in 31 years.

The Hawks tied the Western Hockey League record for games shut out (17, with Swift Current, 2004-05), scored the fewest goals in the WHL (146) and gave up the most (316).

Tribune player of the week: The Winter Hawks scored 11 goals in their last four games, with Viktor Sjodin scoring twice at Seattle on Friday (6-3 loss), once in Saturday's exciting win over Seattle (4-3) and generally showing some of the best grit over the past two months. The 18-year-old Swede, a Nashville draft pick, could return to Portland next season.

Last game: Spokane beat Portland 8-3 Sunday, with Colton Sceviour netting two goals, Chris Francis one and Bo Montgomery notching his first two WHL assists.

Praise for Mucha: Goalie Kurtis Mucha, 17, was named the Brian C. Shaw most valuable player at the team's awards show Sunday night. He received a standing ovation from the 750 people in attendance. He won all the team's on-ice awards. Mucha played in 62 games, one short of the team record held by Joaquin Gage and Scott Langkow, and led the WHL in games played, minutes played and saves.

- Jason Vondersmith