WHL HOCKEY: Seattle builds early lead and holds off Portland for 6-4 win Oct. 27 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Portland Winterhawks closed a five-game home stand with a third consecutive loss on Wednesday, Oct. 27, falling 6-4 to the Seattle Thunderbirds in front of 1,987 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Tyson Kozak scored twice for Portland, but the Winterhawks could not overcome three Thunderbirds goals in the first period.

Portland is 3-5-0-1 (seven points) and fourth in the Western Hockey League's U.S. Division. Seattle is 5-2-1-0 (11 points) in second place.

The Winterhawks play their next six games on the road, starting with a 7:05 Friday game at first-place Everett. They then visit three B.C. Division teams, the first time playing in Canada since before the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Kozak scored 17:18 into the first period to get Portland on the board and at 19:05 of the third period, his first two goals of the season, and also added an assist.

Cross Hanas scored his third of the season and Gabe Klassen his fourth in the second period.

Six players scored for Seattle.

Dante Giannuzzi took the loss in goal, giving up three goals on 11 shots in the first period. Lochlan Gordon came on in the second period and stopped 17 of 20 shots.

Portland outshot Seattle 38-31 and dominated on faceoffs (35-18). But the Hawks were 0 for 3 on the power play (one abbreviated by a Portland penalty).

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