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Three first-period goals enough for Americans to edge Portland on Saturday.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS/KEITH DWIGGINS - Playing in his 200th WHL regular-season game on Saturday, Reece Newkirk scored a goal but the Portland Winterhawks lost 3-2 to the Tri-City Americans.One night after overcoming a slow start for an emotional win over Everett, the Portland Winterhawks could not repeat the same magic Saturday, May 1.

The Tri-City Americans scored three times in the first period and held on for a 3-2 Western Hockey League win at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Reece Newkirk, playing in his 200th WHL regular-season game for Portland, scored his eighth goal of the season in the second period. Jaydon Dureau had a goal and assist for Portland. Dureau's fifth goal of the season made it 3-2 with 9:48 to play in the third period.

Nick Bowman scored 30 seconds into the game for the Americans and Tyson Greenway and Sasha Mutala added goals 1:37 apart midway through the first period, the third goal leading Dante Giannuzzi to replace Brock Gould in the net.

Portland is 9-7-3-0 (21 points). Tri-City is 6-8-0-0 (12 points).

Portland outshot Tri-City 39-26, including 27-12 over the last 40 minutes.

The Winterhawks had opportunities, but finished 1 of 6 on the power play.

Giannuzzi stopped all 14 shots he faced to keep the Winterhawks in the game.

Saturday marked the return to the Portland lineup for forwards James Stefan and Cross Hanas and defenseman Clay Hanus. All three, along with center Jack O'Brien who played his first game of the season for the Hawks on Friday, April 30, rejoined the Winterhawks after spending the season on loan with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL.

Portland's thid game in three days starts at 5 p.m. Sunday at Seattle and will be televised on KRCW.


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