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T-Birds fall to Portland Winterhawks in first preseason game

The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-1 the afternoon of Sept. 3 in the first game at the Everett Silvertips Preseason Tournament.

This was the T-Birds' and Winterhawks' first game each at the tournament.

The Winterhawks took a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes on goals by Oliver and Gabriel and Liam Darragh. Gabriel's goal was shorthanded and came at 3:58 of the first period. Darragh scored at 4:33 on an assist from Gabriel.

Gabriel put the Winterhawks ahead 3-0 18 seconds into the third period on assists from Darragh and Nic Petan.

Charles Wells got the T-Birds on the board at 9:54 of the second with a power-play goal. The puck deflected off the glass alone the boards to Wells in the right circle. Wells turned and quickly snapped off a wrist shot that beat Portland goalie Mac Carruth over the blocker. Well's goal was unassisted.

Portland took a 4-1 lead at 2:04 of the third period on a goal by Ty Rattie. Sven Bartschi had the only assist on the goal.

Seattle goalie Michael Salmon played the first 30 minutes of the game. He was replaced by Matt Krahn at the midway point of the second period.

Carruth played the whole game for Portland.

The T-Birds next game at the Everett tournament was Sept. 4 against the Spokane Chiefs.

The T-Birds home opener is against the Winterhawks at ShoWare Center 7:05 p.m. Sept. 25.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2010-11 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.


First period - 1,Portland, Gabriel, 3:58 (sh). 2, Portland, Darragh (Gabriel), 4:33. Penalties - Burns, Por (goaltender interference), 2:40. Swenson, Por (roughing), 8:40 Doty, Sea (roughing), 8:40. Frank, Sea (tripping), 9:11.

Second period - 3, Portland, Gabriel (Darragh, Petan), :18. 4, Seattle, Wells, 9:54 (pp). Penalties - Gallimore, Sea (hooking), 12:00. Lockhart, Sea (cross checking), 12:21. Walker, Por (roughing), 12:21. Doty, Sea (major-fighting, game misconduct), 14:40. Wotherspoon, Por (major-fighting, game misconduct), 14:40. Darragh, Por (slashing, major-fighting, game misconduct), 16:50. Elliot, Sea (major-fighting, game misconduct), 16:50.

Third period - 5, Portland, Rattie (Bartschi), 2:04. Penalties - Gallimore, Sea (roughing), 10:16. Ponich, Por (high-sticking), 13:11.

Shots on goal - Seattle 8-9-7 24. Portland 22-15-17 54. Goalies - Seattle, Salmon 28 shots-25 saves, Krahn 26-25; Portland, Carruth 24-23. Power plays - Seattle 1-3; Portland 0-3. Referee - Brett Iverson. Linesmen - Nathan Van Oosten, Chris Carlson.

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