WHL – Hawks bounce back, down Rockets 4-2 in game 3

in playoffs


April 11. 2017

The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Kelowna Rockets 4-2 on Tuesday night, April 11, in Portland in game three of the second round of the 2017 WHL playoffs.

Evan Weinger (2) got the first goal of the contest 4:06 into the opening frame for the Winterhawks. At 11:23 Calvin Thurkauf (2) responded for the Rockets on the power play on a tip in front and the score was 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.

The Winterhawks collected three second period goals. Goal scorers were Joachim Blichfeld (4)(PP), Caleb Jones (1), and Skyler McKenzie (4) (SH). Portland took a 4-1 lead into the final frame.

At 18:33 of the third Thurkauf scored his second power play goal of the night and third of the post season but it wouldn’t be enough as the Rockets fell 4-2.

Michael Herringer made 26 saves in the effort as the two clubs tied in shots 30-30.

Thurkauf finished the night with two goals while Reid Gardiner finished with two assists.

Kelowna currently leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Game four goes tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at the Veteran Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

The series will then shift back to Kelowna for game five on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Prospera Place. Tickets go on sale at the Select Your Tickets box office at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, April 12.

If necessary the series will shift back to Portland for game six.

Photo by Dayna Fjord Photography


The whole series schedule goes as follows:

Game Visitor Home Date Time
1 Portland 2 @ Kelowna 4 Friday, April 7 7:05
2 Portland 2 @ Kelowna 5 Saturday, April 8 7:05
3 Kelowna 2 @ Portland 4 Tuesday, April 11 7:00
4 Kelowna 2 @ Portland Wednesday, April 12 7:00
5 * Portland @ Kelowna Friday, April 14 7:05
6 * Kelowna @ Portland Sunday, April 16 5:00
7 * Portland @ Kelowna Tuesday, April 18 7:05

* If necessary

Tickets are available for Rockets home games through selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.

View the game in photos at www.shootthebreeze.ca