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Winterhawks head into three-game weekend; Portland State has bye before football at Eastern Washington; Linfield clinches title, playoff berth

Winterhawks: Portland plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Moda Center against Spokane and 5 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Coliseum against Winnipeg as part of their second three-game weekend of the Western Hockey League season. This starts a stretch of six games in 10 days — five of them at home.

The Hawks visit Kent, Washington, for a 6 p.m. Saturday contest against Seattle.

Spokane (8-7-2, 18 points) and Seattle (5-9-2-1, 13) were the bottom two teams in the U.S. Division entering this week. Winnipeg, formerly the Kootenay ICE, is third in the East Division. Sunday's game is the second in Winnipeg's five-game swing through the U.S. Division.

The Winterhawks (11-5-0-1, 23) enter the week with the second-best winning percentage in the Western Conference (.676). They trail Everett by three points in the U.S. Division, 17 games into their 68-game schedule. Portland's plus-20 goal differential is second only to Kamloops (plus-29) in the West.

Goalie Joel Hofer continues to play well. The St. Louis Blues prospect is the only WHL netminder giving up fewer than two goals per game (1.90). His save percentage (.934) ranks second in the league among goalies who have played at least 10 games.

PSU football: Portland State has the week off before finishing its season at Eastern Washington on Saturday, Nov. 23. PSU slipped to 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the Big Sky with a 45-28 loss at home last week to UC Davis in a game that was up for grabs until the final minutes. The Vikings have lost three games in a row.

Eastern Washington, which had a great run late last season to the FCS championship game, won its regular-season finale at Hillsboro Stadium a year ago 74-23. The Eagles have been nowhere near as impressive this season, but have won two in a row and are 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the Big Sky going into a likely win Saturday at Cal Poly.

• The big game in the Big Sky is Saturday, when third-ranked Weber State (8-2 overall, 8-2 vs. FCS teams, 6-0 in conference) visits fourth-ranked Montana (8-2 for the year, 5-1 in league). Sacramento State also is 5-1 in the Big Sky as it heads to 2-4 Idaho. The Hornets beat Montana but lost to Weber State.

The league leaders will finish this year's regular season Nov. 23, with Montana at Montana State, Weber State at home against Idaho State, and Sac State at home vs. UC Davis.

Small-college football: Linfield prevailed 38-31 in overtime at Whitworth last week to clinch its 10th Northwest Conference title in 11 years. The Wildcats scored the final 17 points in handing the defending NWC champion Pirates their first loss at Spokane in three seasons. Quarterback Wyatt Smith's fifth touchdown pass was a 2-yarder to his brother, Colton, that provided the winning points.

Linfield ran 97 plays, three shy of the school record, and outgained Whitworth in yards 517-407. The Pirates dropped to 5-3, 4-2.

Linfield improved to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the NWC and is assured of a spot in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

The Wildcats, ranked 17th in the nation, will finish their regular season at home against George Fox at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The D-III playoff field will be announced Sunday, with the first round on Nov. 23.

• Lewis & Clark is 3-5 overall and 2-4 in the NWC as it prepares for its season finale at home at 1 p.m. Saturday against Puget Sound (6-3, 4-2).

• Western Oregon sewed up at least a share of its first D-II Great Northwest Athletic Conference title since the league was formed in 2001 with a 23-21 win at home last week against Azusa Pacific. The Wolves blocked a field-goal try as time ran out in Monmouth. WOU is 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the GNAC with a nonleague game set for 1 p.m. Saturday at McArthur Field against Eastern New Mexico. Central Washington (6-4, 4-1) can earn a share of the GNAC championship with a win Saturday at Simon Fraser. Central Washington edged Western Oregon 42-41 in overtime on Oct. 19, after losing to the Wolves 36-26 on Sept. 28.

College men's soccer: The playoffs essentially start this week for Oregon State, which plays host to Pac-12-leading Washington at 6 p.m. Friday in their final regular-season game.

A win over the Huskies, ranked No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, should be enough to land the Beavers in the 48-team NCAA field for the second year in a row. OSU played a one-loss Stanford team (No. 8 RPI) to a scoreless draw last week, then on Sunday beat Cal 1-0 in overtime on a goal from Raheem Taylor-Parkes.

A draw against the Huskies probably leaves the Beavers (8-5-2/5-2-2 Pac-12) on the bubble to get into the NCAA tournament.

The field will be announced at 10 a.m. Monday.

• Portland will not be in the tournament this year. The Pilots started well last Saturday at San Diego, with early goals from Luke Hendel and Esteban Calvo (both assisted by Rey Ortiz) giving them a 2-0 lead. But the Toreros scored the next four goals, including the 15th and 16th of the year from Miguel Berry, to win 4-2. Portland (9-6-1/ 3-3 West Coast Conference) finishes the season with a 1 p.m. Saturday match at Saint Mary's.

• Concordia, after an idle weekend, wraps up its season with home games at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Northwest Nazarene and 7 p.m. Saturday against No. 17-ranked Western Washington. The Cavaliers are 7-8-0 and 4-6 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play.

College women's soccer: The second season of the Michelle French era ended for the Portland Pilots with a tough 1-0 loss to San Diego on Nov. 9 at Merlo Field. An own goal from a corner kick was the difference in a match dominated by the Pilots in the finale for 11 seniors.

Portland finished 6-6-5, 2-3-4 in the West Coast Conference. Junior forward Taryn Ries led the Pilots with eight goals and four assists. Portland scored 20 goals and allowed 21.

• Oregon is looking for a new coach. Kat Mertz resigned after the Ducks' season ended with a 1-0 loss to the Beavers on Nov. 7 in Corvallis. The Ducks went 5-9-5, including 1-8-1 in the Pac-12, and were 47-74-13 in seven seasons under Mertz. … Oregon State, which beat Oregon on a late free kick by Paula Leblic, finished 11-6-2, 3-6-2 in conference.

• Portland State's season ended Nov. 6 with a 3-0 loss to Eastern Washington in the Big Sky quarterfinals. The Vikings were 4-15-0.

No. 4-seed Northern Colorado beat Eastern Washington 1-0 in the conference title match.

• Freshmen Emily Boettcher and Maggie Ames each scored her first college goal on Nov. 9 as Concordia finished its season with a 2-1 win over Simon Fraser. The Cavaliers went 7-10-1, 5-6-1 in the GNAC.

College volleyball: Portland State, after three consecutive losses, is eighth in the Big Sky at 5-9 (9-16 overall). The top eight finishers qualify for the conference tournament, Nov. 28-30 at Sacramento State. Eastern Washington and Montana are 4-10, Idaho State at the bottom at 3-11. Three of PSU's four remaining league matches will be at Viking Pavilion, starting with a 7 p.m. Thursday meeting with ISU. Weber State (9-5) visits at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sac State (6-8) plays there at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, and then the Viks must go to 13-1 Northern Colorado for a Nov. 21 finale.

PGA Tour: Aaron Wise, the third-year PGA Tour pro from the University of Oregon, tied for third in the recent Bermuda Championship, his third event of the 2019-20 season and second made cut.

Scott Harrington, in his first PGA Tour season and a former Jesuit High golfer, tied for 53rd in Bermuda. That has him 20th in both FedEx Cup points and season earnings ($786,467 in five starts).

Another ex-Duck, Wydnham Clark, is 63rd on the money list ($297,687) in five events.

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