Matthew Wolfe / Portland Winterhawks
The Hawks started the regular season after getting solid wins during the “tournaments” over Everett and Seattle and two shutouts against Spokane and then Tri-City by exact 3-0 scores.
Things were demanding from the get-go with a 5-4 shootout loss over Tri-City on the road. Tri-City got the first three goals and held court up until the middle of the second period until Portland was able to pocket a pair to end the period down by just one,
Gabe Klassen got a powerplay goal near the midway mark of the period but saw it lost just a couple of minutes later. Two
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