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Tri-City has Hawks' number again

The Tri-City Americans are looking like the Portland Winterhawks' toughest competition in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division.

The Americans beat the Hawks 4-1 Friday night at the Rose Garden for their second victory over Portland in as many games over a six-day span.

Tri-City, which won 4-1 at home over the Winterhawks on Sept. 25, broke a 1-1 tie in the rematch with two second-period goals. The Americans added a final score into an empty net with two seconds left in the game.

Portland (2-2-0-0, four points) will return to the Rose Garden at 7 p.m. Saturday to face Seattle (0-1-0-0).

Ty Rattie of Portland evened the score Friday night with a power-play shot at 7:33 of the first period. Brad Ross and Sven Bartschi each got an assist.

Tri-City struck at 9:1`7 and 13:05 of the second period, however, before the announced crowd of 4,286.

The Winterhawks led in shots on goal 33-29 and were 1 of 5 with the man advantage while killing all five penalties against them.

After four games, Portland has scored 15 goals and allowed 15. The Hawks opened the season with wins of 3-2 at home over Everett and 6-3 at Seattle.