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Brad Ross leads the way as Winterhawks down Thunderbirds 4-2 in WHL

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Brad Ross scored once and added two assists Saturday as the Portland Winterhawks downed the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 in the Western Hockey League.

Ross, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, has nine points in five games this season. His breakaway goal off a turnover by Seattle's Dave Sutter gave Portland (3-2-0) a 1-0 lead 4:05 into the game.

Portland's Ty Rattie extended his season-opening goal-scoring streak to four games since being sent back to the WHL by the St. Louis Blues. The 2011 second-round pick gave the Winterhawks a 2-0 lead in the first period on his sixth goal of the season ? his fifth on the power play.

Chance Lund scored his second goal in two games on a slapshot to bring the Thunderbirds within 2-1 with 7:42 left in the second period.

Portland reclaimed a two-goal lead when Charles Wells, who played 212 games for Seattle from 2007-11, scored his first goal in five games since joining the Winterhawks after a trade with Prince Albert.

Marcel Noebeles scored on a rebound near the midway point of the third period to pull Seattle back within one, but Derrick Pouliot's empty-netter sealed the win for Portland.

Mac Carruth made 26 saves as the Winterhawks improved to 2-0 against the Thunderbirds this season. Calvin Pickard stopped 33 shots for Seattle.

Seattle (0-2-0) has played just two games over the first eight days of the season ??? both against Portland ??? and won't play again until Friday at home against Prince Albert.

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