Next: The Winter Hawks (8-34-0-1), who were outscored 15-3 in three losses last weekend, took the bus to the British Columbia interior for games against Prince George today and Wednesday. Portland plays at Everett on Friday; the Silvertips beat the Hawks 5-0 on Sunday.

The Hawks welcome Seattle to Memorial Coliseum on Saturday for the annual '$10,000 Dash for Cash.' Thirty fans, or roughly 1 percent of the average crowd, will get the chance to rake in silver dollars.

Tribune player of the week: Newcomer Phillip Gervais, 17, made his presence known in his first games since being acquired from Vancouver. He scored a goal, threw around some hits and got into a scrap in Friday's loss to Spokane and assisted on Tyler Swystun's goal in Saturday's loss to Seattle. The 6-foot, 180-pound Gervais had played in 20 games for Swift Current and Vancouver.

• Releasing Viktor Sjodin, 19, and Matt Betker, 18, to make room for Gervais and Colin Reddin, 17, gives ice time to young players and puts the roster at 23 skaters. But Hawk fans wonder if there is more to the story, given owner Jim Goldsmith's bland statement: 'We would like to thank both Viktor and Matt for their contributions to the Winter Hawks and wish them the best of luck in their future.'

Sjodin, a Nashville draft pick, might be heading back to Sweden.

- Jason Vondersmith

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