The Portland Winterhawks ended the month of November near the top of the WHL, holding an advantage of nearly 40 more goals scored than any other team and are moving up the ladder in goals against which has come down in recent games. With just one loss, that in overtime in their past 6 games and an impressive come from behind win over Saskatoon Blades, the Hawks look to their second half of the season making their case for a repeat championship. In the Saskatoon game, only two Winterhawks got goals in, but 4 of those were from Nic Petan and 2 were from Oliver Bjorkstrand. Brendan Leipsic tacked on 5 assists to his total. Several Hawks are in the top 20 for the scoring race, proving that the depth of the Hawks wasn't lost with the departure of so many from last year's team.
Now the Hawks will be a bit thin in the depth as success in their league means players get scooped for World Junior Championships coming up at the end of December. Nic Petan and Taylor Leier have been tapped for Team Canada which should be a lock after impressive showings at the Subway Super Series, Oliver Bjorkstrand for Denmark and Layne Viveiros for Austria. Former Winterhawk import Kirill Vorobev will suit up for the Russians and again, it is due to great work at the Subway Super Series.