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Thunderbirds beat Portland, 5-3, in Western Hockey League opener for both teams

The Seattle Thunderbirds held off a Portland Winterhawks rally on Saturday, winning the Western Hockey League opener, 5-3, at Kent, Washington.

Seth Jarvis scored two third-period goals for Portland, pulling the Winterhawks within 4-3 with 7:50 left in the game.

An empty-net goal from Dillon Hamaliuk clinched the Seattle win with 28 seconds left.

Joachim Blichfeld, released back to Portland two days earlier, scored the first Hawks goal of the season on a power play 14:54 into the game.

Reece Newkirk, Jared Freadrich, Cross Hanas, Michal Kvasnica, Nick Cicek and Mattew Quigley had assists for Portland.

Shane Farkas finished with 30 saves in goal for Portland.

Nolan Volcan, Zack Andrusiak, Owen Williams and Matthew Wedman scored goals for the Thunderbirds, who scored three times in the first 6:03 of the second period to go up 4-1.

Portland was 1 for 4 on the power play, Seattle 1 for 6.

The Thunderbirds had a 35-33 shots advantage.

The Winterhawks play on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Everett.

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