Belllows leads U.S. to bronze
Local sports news and notes around a cold and damp Oregon on Friday, Jan. 5, while wondering why I am not covering the PGA Tour's Sentry Tournament of Champions this week on Maui …
FROM THE WORLD JUNIORS
Portland Winterhawks 19-year-old forward Kieffer Bellows established a team record for goals at the World Juniors Championships, and Team USA earned the bronze medal at the tournament in Buffalo, New York with a 9-3 win over the Czech Republic.
Bellows scored twice on Friday during a six-goal second period for the United States. His nine goals in seven tournament games surpassed the eight goals that Jeremy Roenick scored for the U.S. in the 1989 tourney for players 19 and younger.
Bellows' first goal on Friday made the score 5-0 Team USA. It was his second penalty shot goal of the tournament, coming after he was brought down on a breakaway chance.
Bellows added an even-strength goal with 59 seconds left in the second period to make the score 7-0.
He added his first assist of the tournament on Trent Frederic's fourth goal of the game.
Four of Bellows' nine goals came on the power play, and he had 38 shots on goal in the seven games.
• Winterhawks forward Joachim Blichfeld is expected to be OK after leaving the ice on a stretcher during Thursday's win for Denmark over Belarus that clinched a spot in the 2019 World Juniors Championships for Denmark. Blichfeld took a hit from behind into the boards from Dmitri Deryabin.
Winterhawks play-by-play announcer Even Richardson on Twitter Friday reported that Blichfeld's injury is not serious. Blichfeld will return to Portland after taking some time for rest.
PILOTS PICK ASSISTANT
Dominic Doty has been hired as an assistant coach for women's soccer at the University of Portland.
A former head coach at Linfield, Doty most recently was the top assistant coach at San Jose State. He is a McMinnville native who played college soccer at Santa Clara, where he was a member of a team that reached the national semifinals.
In announcing her first assistant coach, new Pilots head coach Michelle French said Doty "has an incredible eye for talent, a tireless work ethic, and a great understanding of what it takes to be a successful student-athlete."
• The Portland Winterhawks play at Everett, 7 p.m.
• Portland State is at Idaho in a key Big Sky men's basketball game that tips off at 7 p.m.. Victor Sanders, a senior guard from Jefferson High, leads the Vandals. He's averaging 19.1 points per game.
PSU has stumbled out of the conference blocks, losing on the road to Sacramento State and Eastern Washington — but barely, and with subpar 3-point shooting and poor stretches. More was expecting after a record-breaking 10-3 nonconference run, but a win over Iadho (10-5, 2-1) could set the Vikings on the right course, with a lot of games still to play.
It should be an interesting match-up, with Idaho leading the Big Sky in some defensive categories — fewest points allowed per game (64.7), field-goal percentage allowed (39.1) and 3-point percentage against (28.8) — and shooting a Big Sky-high 40.6 percent on 3's.
• The Warner Pacific men, aiming for a Cascade Collegiate Conference basketball crown, play host to Northwest Christian, 7:30 p.m.
WPC is 6-1 in the CCC and chased most closely by College of Idaho (4-1), Oregon Tech (5-2) and Southern Oregon (5-2). Last week, Warner Pacific lost in overtime at SOU, then won at OIT.
Northwest Christian, coached by former Oregon Ducks star Luke Jackson, is 1-4 in the CCC, 5-7 overall.
• In women's college basketball, Idaho plays PSU at Lewis & Clark at 1 p.m., and Santa Clara is at Portland at 2 p.m.
Portland State is 2-0 in the Big Sky. Idaho is 1-2. The Vikings are 8-5 overall and 5-0 at L&C, their temporary home this season.
UP and Santa Clara both are 4-10 overall and 0-3 in the West Coast Conference.
• The Portland Interscholastic League Showcase has a full slate of basketball games.
In girls games at Madison, it's Wilson-Madison at noon, Lincoln-Jefferson at 1:30 p.m., and Franklin-Roosevelt at 3:15 p.m.
Boys games and one marquee girls game are set for Marshall.
The boys games are Wilson-Franklin at noon, Roosevelt-Lincoln at 1:30 p.m., Cleveland-Madison at 3:15 p.m., and Jefferson-Grant in another league counter at 7 p.m.
Jeff and Grant just met in the Les Schwab Invitational, with the defending state champion Democrats coming from behind in the late stages for a nonleague victory.
The top two PIL girls teams, Benson and Grant, will meet at Marshall in a league counter at 5:15 p.m.