Winterhawks: Portland's season ended Saturday in Spokane as the Chiefs continued to play well on special teams in a 4-1 win that closed out the Hawks in Game 5 of the Western Hockey League playoff series.
Spokane took the best-of-seven series 4-1 and advanced to meet Everett in the second round.
Power plays were the difference against the Hawks. The Chiefs led the WHL in power-play efficiency all season despite playing without Los Angeles Kings prospect Jaret Anderson-Dolan for 36 regular-season games. Anderson-Dolan had two goals and five assists in the five playoff games against Portland, and the Chiefs' power play was an impressive 6 for 11.
Portland played without star forward Cody Glass until Game 5. Glass scored an early shorthanded goal in Game 5, but the Chiefs got even on the same power play and put away the Hawks with two goals early in the third period.
"They're a great team. They're built for a long run," Winterhawks associate coach Kyle Gustafson said of the Chiefs. "You look at the makeup of their team, they're filled with a little bit of the older players and they've got some stars in (defenseman Ty) Smith and Jaret Anderson-Dolan that can be difference makers — two real professional kind of players. They're good on both sides of the puck, and they've got some pretty good international experience at World Juniors."
The Winterhawks had a group of 16- and 17-year-olds gain significant experience this season and in this series. But they are left to wonder what might have been had Glass been healthy — or if they had held on for wins in two home games they lost in overtime.
Timbers: Coach Giovanni Savarese went with three central defenders and two wide backs in Sunday's match at the Los Angeles Galaxy. Portland did not give up a goal in the run of play, but a silly foul by Claude Dielna and some lax defending allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic two penalty-kick goals as the Galaxy won 2-1.
Savarese described the match as an improvement from two recent losses. But Portland (0-3-1, one point) has allowed 12 goals in four matches, scored only five, and is winless. The Timbers are searching for answers on offense, where their nifty goal on Sunday was only their second in the past three games.
The good news — perhaps — is that this week's trip is to San Jose (5 p.m. Saturday), where the 0-4 Earthquakes have given up 14 goals and scored only two.
Blazers: Portland returns from a four-game trip to play Memphis at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Moda Center. Then come back-to-back games with NBA playoff-bound Denver, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pepsi Center and 6 p.m. Sunday at Moda. After that, the Blazers are down to their final two regular-season games: April 9 at the Los Angeles Lakers and April 10 at home against Sacramento.
Mariners: Seattle's first homestand ends with a 7 p.m. Tuesday game against the L.A. Angels. The M's will play three away games against the Chicago White Sox, starting at 11 a.m. Thursday, then go to Kansas City for a four-game series.
Boxing: A 6 p.m. Saturday card at Clackamas Armory has five fights planned, highlighted by the return to the ring of promoter Steve "2-Pound" Forbes, a Grant High graduate and former IBF world lightweight champion. He'll face Tavorus Teague of Paramount, Calif., in a seven-rounder at 153 pounds.
College baseball: In the Pac-12, Stanford (6-0), Arizona State (8-1) and UCLA (7-2) are the leaders. … The Beavers (6-3 coming off a three-game sweep at Washington, 19-5-1 overall) will play host to Utah for three games (5:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday). Utah just went 0-3 at home against Oregon (5-4, 16-10). … OSU also has nonleague home games against San Diego State at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. UO is at home against nonleague Fresno State at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. … The Portland Pilots (17-11, 2-7 West Coast Conference) go to Saint Mary's (16-12, 3-3) for three league games, Friday-Sunday.
College softball: Arizona (9-0) leads the Pac-12, followed by UCLA (6-0). … Oregon (1-8, 13-18 overall) is in Columbia, Mo., this weekend to play Pittsburgh and Missouri twice each. … Oregon State (1-8, 17-13 overall) has two games with Portland State on Wednesday, starting at 3 p.m. at Gordon Faber Recreation Complex. The Beavers will play host to Stanford at 5 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. … The Vikings (11-18, 2-3 and tied for third in the Big Sky) are in Seattle for two nonleague games apiece vs. North Dakota State and Seattle.
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