Winterhawks have something to prove
The Winterhawks have something to prove today when they play host to Spokane at Memorial Coliseum.
Specifically, that they can score a goal at the "Glass Palace."
Sure, the Hawks are averaging a Western Hockey League-best six goals per game. But they haven't scored a goal this season on the coliseum ice.
In their only game in the building this season, the Winterhawks were shut out by the Prince George Cougars. So, even coming off of two one-sided wins over Spokane last weekend, Portland should be motivated.
That rare goose egg on Oct. 1 aside, the Winterhawks' offense is doing exactly what was expected. Portland's 36 goals lead the league, and the Hawks' 5-1 record leads the U.S. Division.
Nine Winterhawks have scored at least twice already this season. Skyler McKenzie leads that list with seven goals — after scoring twice on Saturday and twice on Sunday. Cody Glass already has 13 points (four goals, nine assists). Defensemen have scored 10 goals and contributed 15 assists, led by Henri Jokiharju (three goals, five assists) and Keoni Texeira (four goals).
• Starting this week, Portland and Kelowna renew one of the WHL's best rivalries by playing their four regular-season games all in a row. The Rockets visit Memorial Coliseum on Saturday and Sunday, and the Hawks visit Kelowna on Oct. 20-21. Last week, Portland was ranked sixth and Kelowna eighth in the Canadian Hockey League, which includes the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
• The Western Hockey League has announced that starting next season its schedule will be trimmed to 68 games per team, four fewer than the 72-game schedule it has used since the 1975-76 season.
The change brings the WHL in line with the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the other major junior leagues under the Canadian Hockey League umbrella.
The league cited more time for player development and school. Perhaps the reduction will cut down on stretches such as the four games in five nights the Hawks conclude today.
Central Catholic's young and improving football team can show its progress at 7 p.m. Thursday with a win at Oregon City's Pioneer Memorial Stadium. The Rams are 3-1 in the Mt. Hood Conference, with a loss to Clackamas (4-0). Oregon City also is 4-0, and the Pioneers will get their shot at Clackamas on Oct. 20.
A pair of local runners are leading a resurgence of American marathoning.
On Sunday, Galen Rupp was the first American-born runner to win the Chicago Marathon since 1982. His time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 20 seconds was 28 seconds faster than runner-up Abel Kirui of Kenya, the defending champion.
In the same race, another former Oregon Duck All-American, Jordan Hasay, who lives in Beaverton, finished third and ran the second-fastest marathon ever by an American woman. Hasay's 2:20:57 bettered Joan Benoit Samuelson's course record for an American woman that had stood since 1985.
Portland resident Chris Derrick, the former Stanford All-American, finished ninth among the men (2:12:50).
• Winners of Sunday's Portland Marathon were Teppei Suegami of Japan (2:23:43) and Allison Goldstein from New Jersey (2:50:26). Nearly 3,000 competitors finished the 26.2-mile course.
— Paul Danzer