Hawks ready for another playoff run

Portland tops WHL for wins, points
Staff Report

After two-thirds of the WHL season, the Portland Winterhawks are cruising along to another playoff berth, and perhaps home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

At least that's where they are currently.

Portland entered the week at 40-10-3-4, 87 points, and is three points ahead of Everett in the U.S. Division. But, the Silvertips are hot at 9-1 in their past 10 matches, which is four wins better than Portland. Everett has 40 wins and 84 points. Third-place Spokane is also on a 9-1 stretch and has 75 points.

The Hawks have a three-game road trip this weekend, playing at Tri-Cities Friday, Seattle Saturday, and Everett on Sunday.

Portland plays at Spokane, March 13, and then is host to Everett, March 14.

The regular season closes out March 22.

Portland lost to Everett in the first round of the league playoffs last season, and to the Silvertips in the second round in 2018, and first round in 2016.

The Winterhawks last won the WHL title and played in the Memorial Cup in 2013, and played in the league championship series in 2011, '12 and '14. They last missed the playoffs in 2009.



2019 - Lost Everett first round

2018 - Beat Spokane first round, lost Everett second round

2017 - Beat Prince George first round, lost Kelowna second round

2016 - Lost to Everett first round

2015 - Beat Seattle first round, beat Everett second round, lost Kelowna West Final

2014 - Beat Vancouver first round, beat Victoria second round, beat Kelowna West Final, lost to Edmonton WHL Final

2013 - Beat Everett first round, beat Spokane second round, beat Kamloops West Final, beat Edmonton WHL Final, lost to Halifax Memorial Cup Final

2012 - Beat Kelowna first round, beat Kamloops second round, beat Tri-Cities West Final, lost to Edmonton WHL Final

2011 - Beat Everett first round, beat Kelowna second round, beat Spokane West Final, lost to Kootenay WHL Final

2010 - Beat Spokane first round, lost Vancouver second round