Winterhawks open 2-1 lead on Rockets with 7-3 W

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The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Kelowna Rockets 7-3 on Tuesday night in Portland, taking a two-games-to-one lead in the WHL Western Conference final.

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice and added two assists while Nic Petan had three assists to key the Hawks offence. Portland was 4-for-8 on the power play while the Rockets were 1-for-4.

Hawks goalie Adin Hill was named the game’s first star as the Rockets fired 44 shots at the Portland goalie, including 23 in the second period, when the Hawks scored four times to take a stranglehold on the game.

Kelowna outshot Portland 44-40 in the game.

Leon Draisaitl, Cole Linaker and Riley Stadel were the only Rockets to hit the scoresheet while Jackson Whistle and Michael Herringer each saw time in the Rockets net.

The Western Conference final continues on Wednesday night in Portland when the two teams are back on the ice.

Game five is set for Friday night in Kelowna and tickets are available throughwww.selectyourtickets, at the Prospera Place box office or 250-762-5050.