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SATURDAY WHL RECAP/Portland wins 4-3 to pull even with Everett atop the U.S. Division

Jake Gricius and Lane Gilliss had two-point nights, Seth Jarvis scored in his return from injury and goalie Joel Hofer came up big late as the Portland Winterhawks beat the Everett Silvertips on Saturday.

The 4-3 win in front of 5,158 fans at Memorial Coliseum moves Portland into a tie with Everett atop the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League.

The Winterhawks are 14-5-1-2 (31 points). The Silvertips, who have played one fewer game, are 15-5-1-0 (31 points).

Gricius put Portland ahead with his 10th goal of the season 1:31 into the first period and rookie Tyson Kozak's fourth of the season made it 2-0 after one period.

Gilliss scored his sixth of the season after a giveaway by Everett goalie Dustin Wolf to make it 3-1 Winterhawks after two periods.

Jarvis, in his first game back after missing three-plus games with an injury, made it 4-1 Portland with 11:58 left in the game.

Two quick goals from Everett — a second of the night and 12th of the season for Gage Goncalves with 4:49 remaining and Bryce Kindopp's 14th with 3:05 remaining — made for a tense finish.

But Hofer made 10 of his 25 saves in the third period, weathering some in tight scrambles late, and Portland held on for a big win.

Everett was 1 for 5 on the power plat, Portland 0 for 3.

Wolf made 30 saves but allowed more than three goals for only the third time this season (twice against Portland).

In addition to Jarvis, forward Simon Knak had an assist in his return from injury.

The Winterhawks are back on the coliseum ice Sunday for a 5 p.m. game against the Saskatoon Blades, who sit third in the East Division with 26 points from 25 games.

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