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WHL hockey: Everett wins its home opener as Portland starts season with third consecutive loss.

The Everett Silvertips got their usual strong goaltending and were opportunistic offensively on Friday, Oct. 8, beating the Portland Winterhawks 4-0 in Western Hockey League action at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

Portland is 0-2-0-1 (one point), Everett 2-0-0-0 (four points).

The Silvertips scored once in each of the first two periods in their home opener and then sealed it with goals 1:45 apart midway through the third period.

Everett outshot Portland 26-23. The Winterhawks struggled to get their transition game going, and the few times they did create quality chances goalie Braden Holt was up to the challenge.

Jackson Berezowski scored two goals and Michael Gut a goal and assist for Everett.

Portland goalie Dante Giannuzzi made 22 saves.

The Winterhawks killed all five Everett power plays and were scoreless on their four turns with a man advantage.

Portland has been shut out for five consecutive periods.

The Winterhawks were blanked for the first time since Feb. 9, 2019, a 5-0 loss at Everett backstopped by Dustin Wolf.

Portland has two more games this weekend, taking on the Seattle Thunderbirds at 6 p.m. Saturday at Kent, Washington, then plays host to Spokane at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10.

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