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Winterhawks win opener 3-2 on Pouliot's shootout score

The Portland Winterhawks began the Western Hockey League season with a shootout victory at home Friday night over the Everett Silvertips.

Derrick Pouliot got the only goal in the shootout, on Portland's third and final attempt, to lift the Hawks to the 3-2 victory.

After Pouliot's shot beat Everett goaltender Luke Siemens, Portland goalie Mac Carruth stopped Tyler Maxwell on a shot that hit the post.

A crowd announced as 6,342 came to the Rose Garden and saw banners unveiled before the game to commemorate the Winterhawks' 2011 U.S. Division and Western Conference championships.

Portland outshot Everett 39-28.

The Silvertips led 1-0 on a goal 8:48 into the game, but Taylor Peters tied the score late in the first period.

Everett took a 2-1 lead 7:39 into the second period. Portland evened the count on a power-play with 1:45 remaining in regulation. Rookie Nic Petan tipped in a point shot from Josh Hanson.

Neither team scored in OT, setting up the shootout.

The Hawks hit the road for two more weekend games. They will play Saturday night at Seattle and Sunday in Kennewick, Wash., against Tri-City.