Winterhawks need to find scoring touch; Portland State goes for four in a row
Portland will try to rediscover its scoring touch when the Victoria Royals visit for games at 7 p.m. Friday (Moda Center) and 6 p.m. Saturday (Memorial Coliseum). The Hawks then visit Spokane on Sunday to complete their second three-game weekend in a row.
Portland managed to score only five times across three games last weekend, losing at Spokane on Friday and dropping consecutive home games on Saturday and Sunday. The losses dropped Portland (7-6-0-1, 15 points) to the bottom of the Western Hockey League U.S. Division.
Other than an early lead on Saturday against Kamloops, Portland trailed by multiple goals for most of the time during its first three-game weekend of the season. The Hawks ran into a hot goalie on Friday as Bailey Brkin stopped 36 of 37 shots and was the main reason Portland's power-play was only 1 of 7.
Penalties didn't help the Hawks' cause over the weekend. Portland was shorthanded 19 times in the three games, and while it killed 15 of those, spending that much time killing penalties messes with the Hawks' ability to wear on teams by playing four attacking lines.
• Goalie Dante Giannuzzi made his WHL debut for the Winterhawks in Friday's 4-1 loss at Spokane. The 16-year-old Winnipeg, Manitoba, native stopped 18 of 22 shots.
• Portland outshot Spokane 37-24 on Friday, Kamloops 34-27 on Saturday and equaled Kamloops' 34 shots on Sunday.
• Winterhawks rookie forward Seth Jarvis is with Team Canada as it prepares for the World under-17 Challenge, Nov. 3-10 in New Brunswick. The 16-year-old is one of 19 WHL players among 66 selected for three Canada teams. He is on Team Canada Red. Jarvis has three goals and five assists in 14 games this season for Portland.
Portland State is working on its highest win total since 2015. The Vikings will play Idaho State at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium, already owning four wins this season. Last week's 41-14 victory at Sac State put the Viks at 4-4 (4-2 since opening losses at Nevada and Oregon, and 3-2 in the Big Sky).
"What I like is that we're getting better each week on game day," says coach Bruce Barnum, who has rebuilt much of the team and its attitude, after enduring years of 3-8 in 2016 and 0-11 in 2017.
The rest of this season will be a sizable challenge for the Vikings, however.
Idaho State is 5-3, 4-1 Big Sky, and coming off a 24-17 win over Montana State. The Bengals lost only 44-37 at UC Davis, which leads the conference.
Portland will complete its regular season with games Nov. 10 at North Dakota (5-3 overall) and back at Hillsboro Stadium on Nov. 16 against rival Eastern Washington (6-2, 4-1).
Linfield's fourth win in a row, 41-7 last week against Pacific Lutheran, guaranteed the Wildcats a 63rd consecutive winning season and extended the longest streak in college football history. Linfield (5-2, 4-1 Northwest Conference) has sole possession of second place, trailing only Whitworth (7-0, 5-0), which edged the 'Cats, 19-14, on Sept. 29 at Spokane, Wash. On Saturday, Linfield will visit Puget Sound for the Loggers' Senior Day game at 1 p.m.
Lewis & Clark (2-5, 1-4), which has lost four in a row, must go to Whitworth for a 1 p.m. Saturday game.
After suffering their first loss of the season on Friday at San Francisco, the seventh-ranked Portland Pilots remained within striking distance of a West Coast Conference men's championship with a 2-0 Sunday win at Santa Clara.
Portland (11-1-3, 3-1-1 WCC) trails first-place Saint Mary's by three points with two games left. If the Pilots win this week at third-place Pacific (3-2 WCC), the conference title will come down to a Nov. 10 match against the Gaels at Merlo Field.
• The Portland Pilots women split their final two home soccer matches, beating Loyola Marymount, 1-0, on a goal from Jasmine Garabay then losing 2-0 to 25th-ranked Pepperdine. Portland (11-8-0, 4-4 WCC) concludes its season with a Saturday match at Gonzaga.
• Oregon State moved to the top of the Pac-12 men's standings with a wild win over visiting UCLA on Sunday. Don Tchilao's seventh goal of the season, a breakaway three minutes into overtime, gave OSU the 4-3 win in a back-and-forth match.
Oregon State is 6-2-1 (19 points) in conference. Stanford (5-1-1, 16) has two games in hand so remains in position to win another conference title. OSU (10-4-3 overall) will complete its schedule on Nov. 9 in Seattle against Washington.
College cross country
The fifth-ranked Pilots men are headed to the NCAA west regional, Nov. 9 at Sacramento, Calif., having finished second to No. 2 BYU in last week's West Coast Conference championship at Provo, Utah. UP senior Nick Hauger won the WCC race.
The Portland women were second to No. 9 BYU in the conference meet.
Oregon's fourth-ranked women won the Pac-12 title, beating No. 1 Colorado.