Radko Gudas scored two goals in just his second Western Hockey League game to lead the Everett Silvertips to a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Giants on Friday.
Vancouver (1-1-0) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Craig Cunningham and Mike Piluso before Everett (1-1-0) stormed back with four straight. Shane Harper added a goal and two assists for the Silvertips. Thomas Heemskerk made 19 saves to earn the win, while Jamie Tucker made 22 saves in the loss.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Calgary 4, Edmonton 2; Moose Jay 7, Prince Albert 2; Brandon 3, Regina 0; Medicine Hat 7, Lethbridge 3; Red Deer 7, Kootenay 1; Kamloops 4, Chilliwack 2; Prince George 2, Spokane 1; Portland 5, Seattle 0; and Tri-City 6, Kelowna 1.
At Vancouver, after a slow start the Giants opened the scoring at 8:11 of the first. Cunningham walked off the boards to the slot and wristed a shot past Heemskerk on the power play.
Vancouver doubled the score at 4:17 of the second when Piluso spun around at the left face-off dot and fooled Heemskerk with a low shot.
Just as a Vancouver penalty expired the Silvertips got on the board. After a shot by Harper missed wide, Ryan Murray retained possession, returned it to Harper and the over-ager beat Tucker with a wrap-around at 6:38.
At the 3:18 of the third Everett tied it when Gudas took pass from Harper and beat Tucker from the point for his first WHL goal.
The Silvertips took the lead with under five minutes remaining when Gudas wired a shot by Tucker at 15:32.
Tyler Maxwell added an empty net goal to clinch the comeback
Winter Hawks 5, Thunderbirds 0
At Kent, Wash., rookie winger Nino Niederreiter scored his first Western Hockey League goal and added two assists to help lift Portland over Seattle.
Wheat Kings 3, Pats 0
At Regina, Andrew Hayes made 25 saves as Brandon earned their first Western Hockey League win of the season.
Hitmen 4, Oil Kings 2
At Edmonton, Ian Schultz took matters into his own hands late in the third to lift the Calgary Hitmen past the Oil Kings.
Tigers 7, Hurricanes 3
At Medicine Hat, Alta., the Tigers began their 40th anniversary season with an impressive win.
Blazers 4, Bruins 2
At Kamloops, the Blazers scored four power-play goals en route to their victory over Chilliwack.
Warriors 7, Raiders 2
At Moose Jaw, Brendan Rowinski and Quinton Howden each scored twice as the Warriors beat the Prince Albert Raiders.
Rebels 7, Ice 1
At Red Deer, Alta., Willie Coetzee scored twice as Red Deer hammered the Kootney Ice.
Americans 6, Rockets 1
At Kennewick, Wash., Drew Owsley made 20 saves, Brendan Shinnimin scored a pair of goals and Jim Hiller was victorious in his coaching debut.
Cougars 2, Chiefs 1
At Prince George, B.C., Alex Rodgers scored the overtime winner as the Cougars beat the Spokane Chiefs.