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By Paul Danzer/Portland Tribune/Portland opens WHL season with second straight home win

Robbie Fromm-Delorme's spin-around goal in the third period lifted the Portland Winterhawks to a 4-3 win over the Kamloops Blazers in a Sunday Western Hockey League game watched by 4,507 fans at Moda Center.

Portland is 2-0-0-0 to start the season and plays its next seven games on the road. Kamloops is 0-3 after opening the season with three games in three nights.

Fromm-Delorme's winning goal came with the teams skating four a side. He collected a puck from Matthew Quigley and spun around to whip a shot past goalie Rayce Ramsey to break a 3-3 tie 1:35 into the third period.

Jaydon Dureau, Jake Gricius and Johnny Ludvig also scored for Portland.

The Hawks led 2-0 after Gricius poked in a loose puck at 16:08 of the first period. Dureau opened the scoring at 1:41 of the first, camping in the crease and putting home a feed from behind the net by Seth Jarvis to cap an extended delayed penalty opportunity.

An odd-man rush goal from Logan Stankoven and a five-on-three power-play goal from Montana Onyebuchi got the Blazers even early in the second period.

Each team scored late in the second. Ludvig put Portland back ahead with his second goal of the season, skating into the slot and firing home a one-timer off a Dureau pass. That goal came on the power play. But Kamloops tied it when Kobe Mohr found a loose puck and beat Joel Hofer while falling to the ice.

Portland's penalty killing was key as Kamloops finished 1 for 7 on the power play and converted on only one of two two-man advantage opportunities.

Hofer finished with 30 saves, including a couple of big ones in the final minute with Ramsey pulled for an extra Kamloops attacker. Ramsay made 28 saves in the loss.

The Winterhawks lone game this week is at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road against the Vancouver Giants. They then embark on a six-game Alberta road swing starting Oct. 4.


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