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Portland 6, Tri-City 1/Hawks dominant in WHL season-opening win over Americans at Moda Center

Four goals in an eight-minute span of the second period highlighted a dominating performance by the Portland Winterhawks in their Western Hockey League season opener on Saturday at Moda Center.

Cross Hanas and Clay Hanus each scored two goals Saturday as the Winterhawks beat the Tri-City Americans 6-1 in front of 6,940 fans in their Western Hockey League season opener at Moda Center.

Portland's European rookies also had big debuts. Swiss forward Simon Knak had a goal and two assists and Danish defenseman Jonas Brondberg had two assists.

Hanas scored the first goal of the season 2:21 into the game with assists from Knak and John Ludvig. He made it 2-0 8:25 into the second period, starting the stretch that put the Hawks in command.

Hanus scored his first 28 seconds later to make it 3-0.

Knak scored at 13:04 of the second period and Hanus scored on the power play at 16:04 of the second as Portland took a 5-0 lead into the third period.

Ludvig, named Winterhawks team captain on Friday, scored 8:56 into the third for a 6-0 lead.

Jan Cikhart put the Americans on the board 10:14 into the third.

Joel Hofer stopped 17 of 18 shots in the win.

The Winterhawks outshot the Americans 42-18.

Hanas had an assist as part of a three-point night and Seth Jarvis had two assists.

Portland is back at the Moda Center at 5 p.m. Sunday against Kamloops, its last home game until Oct. 19.

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