SEATTLE -- The Portland Winterhawks (1-0-0-1) picked up a point in the standings Saturday, but fell 4-3 in a shootout in Seattle against the Thunderbirds (1-0-0-0).
Seattle scored the lone goal of the first period at the 15:40 mark when Roberts Lipsbergs made it 1-0.
Lipsbergs struck again 4:38 into the second to give Seattle a 2-0 lead, but the Hawks got on the board at the 13:37 mark when Ethan Price scored off a faceoff for his first career goal to cut the deficit to 2-1, which remained the score heading into the third period.
Portland then tied it early in the third when Oliver Bjorkstrand scored just 51 seconds into the frame to make it 2-2. After Seattle regained the lead with a power play goal from Jerret Smith at the 5:52 mark to take a 3-2 lead, the Hawks kept battling and once again evened it when Chase De Leo scored at the 12:08 mark to tie the game at 3-3.
It remained 3-3 through the end of regulation, and neither team was able to score in overtime, setting up the shootout.
Seattle s Mathew Barzal and Portland s Nic Petan each scored in the first round, while Seattle s Alexander Delnov and De Leo for Portland were each denied in the second round, keeping it at 1-1 after two rounds.
Branden Troock then scored for Seattle in the third round, and when Bjorkstrand was stopped by Thunderbirds netminder Justin Myles it sealed Seattle s victory.
Brendan Burke was terrific in net for Portland, stopping 37 of 40 shots. Myles turned away 39 of Portland s 42 shots.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday when they host the Tri-City Americans at the Moda Center at 7 p.m.