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WHL hockey: Portland scores its first win of the season with two third-period goals at Kent, Washington.

The Portland Winterhawks are in the win column.

The Winterhawks used two third-period goals Saturday, Oct. 9 to beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 in Kent, Washington.

Luke Schelter's first Western Hockey League goal, a redirected Marcus Nguyen shot at 11:35 of the third period, broke a 2-2 tie. It was only the second even-strength goal of the season for Portland.

Lochlan Gordon stopped 35 of 37 shots to win his WHL debut in goal.

The Winterhawks are 1-2-0-1 (three points). The Thunderbirds are 2-1-0-0 (four points).

James Stefan scored a first-period powe-play goal to give Portland the lead. After Seattle scored twice in the second period, a power-play goal from Aiden Litke tied it.

An empty-net goal from Clay Hanus with 1:37 remaining sealed the win for Portland.

The Winterhawks play their third game in three days at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum against Spokane.


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