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SATURDAY WHL RECAP/Thunderbirds win tie-breaker; two Portland rookies score their first WHL goal

Gabe Klassen and Jack O'Brien scored their first career Western Hockey League goals but the Portland Winterhawks came up short in a 5-4 shootout loss to Seattle at Kent, Washington.

The Thunderbirds converted both of their shootout attempts and Seattle goalie Roddy Ross denied both Winterhawks shooters.

Johnny Ludvig and Jaydon Dureau also scored for Portland in a game between two teams missing key players.

The Winterhawks second consecutive loss after regulation earned Portland on point in the standings. The Hawks are 11-5-1-2 (25 points). The Thunderbirds are 6-9-2-1 (15 points).

Portland goals 12 seconds apart late in the second period tied the score 3-3. Stefan scored his first career WHL goal at 16:26 of the second off Klassen's first career assist. Dureau then tied it 12 seconds later, with Ludvig and Reece Newkirk picking up assists.

In the third period, Jeri-Leon Keltie put the Thunderbirds ahead with a shot from the slot off a faceoff scramble.

Klassen tied it less than two minutes later, his first career goal.

Late in the three-on-three overtime Portland goalie Isaiah DiLaura denied a penalty shot for Seattle's Henrik Rybinski.

DiLaura stopped 24 of 28 shots. Portland outshot Seattle 51-28, with Ross making 47 saves in addition to the shootout denials of Dureau and Cross Hanas.

Ludvig opened the scoring for Portland with a power-play goal 4:11 into the game.

Alex Morozoff tied it 6:31 into the game, getting a piece of a shot from the point after Seattle won an offensive-zone faceoff.

Portland was without injured forwards Seth Jarvis, Simon Knak and Robbie Fromm-Delorme.

Newkirk (two assists), Ludvig, Klassen and Dureau each had two points for the Hawks.

The Winterhawks play their third game in as many days at 5 p.m. Sunday when Winnipeg visits Memorial Coliseum.

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