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Friday WHL recap/Portland beaten for first time this year as Hurricanes score last four goals, win 4-2

The Lethbridge Hurricanes took advantage of a couple of odd-man rushes and handed the Portland Winterhawks their first loss of the Western Hockey League season on Friday.

The Hurricanes scored the final four goals at Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta to beat the Winterhawks 4-2.

Defensemen Johnny Ludvig and Nick Cicek scored for Portland, both with shots from the high slot off of rebounds.

The Winterhawks are 3-1-0-0 (six points). Lethbridge is 3-2-0-1 (seven points).

The Winterhawks led 2-0 when Cicek scored his first WHL goal with a short-handed blast 6:57 into the second period.

But the tide turned with Portland on the power-play moments later. Jaydon Dureau's cross-ice pass was intercepted by D-Jay Jerome setting up a two-on-one rush that Jerome converted.

The tying goal came at the end of another Portland power play as an attempted pass from behind the goal slid through the zone and into the path of Chase Wheatcroft as Wheatcroft exited the penalty box. Wheatcroft converted the breakaway for his first career WHL goal at 16:50 of the second period.

Then it was Dylan Cozens, the No. 7 pick in the June NHL draft by Buffalo, putting the Hurricanes in front. Cozens scored his fifth goal through four games this season, snapping a shot through traffic from the right-wing circle at 18:46 of the second period.

The third period was scoreless until an empty-net goal by Lethbridge's Zack Stringer as time expired.

Ludvig scored his third goal of the season just 12 seconds into the game. Robbie Fromm-Delorme's shot from a tight angle bounced off of Thomson into the slot where Ludvig was ready.

The Hurricanes outshot the Winterhawks 26-20, controlling much of the second half of the game and limiting Portland to 11 shots over the final two periods.

Lethbridge goalie Bryan Thomson made 18 saves. His two best of the third period were a close-range chance for Jaydon Dureau and a Ludvig blast.

Joel Hofter stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced.

Portland was 0 for 5 on the power play with one shorthanded goal against. Lethbridge was 1 for 7 with a shorthanded goal against and Portland killed off a five-on-three in the second period.

Friday's game opened a swing through the Central Division for Portland, which next place at 1 p.m. Sunday at Calgary.

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