The Portland Winterhawks (3-3-0-1) fell 6-3 in Kelowna Saturday in their second game in as many nights against the Rockets (5-0-0-1).
Portland got on the board first when Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his ninth goal of the season 2:07 into the game. The Hawks made it 2-0 just 1:25 later when Brendan Leipsic, in his first game back from a suspension, scored his first of the season. But later in the period Kelowna responded with three goals in a span of 1:55 from Riley Stadel, Cole Linaker and Myles Bell as they took a 3-2 lead into the second period.
Kelowna’s Damon Severson then scored the lone goal of the second at the 14:06 mark as the Rockets held a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Portland got back within one on a shorthanded goal from Taylor Leier 6:59 into the third to cut Kelowna’s lead to 4-3. The Rockets got that one back at the 15:22 mark on a goal by Ryan Olsen to make it 5-3, and made it 6-3 on the second of the night from Stadel late in the third to round out the scoring.
The Hawks’ Jarrod Schamerhorn made his first career start in net and made 34 saves. Kelowna netminder Jordon Cooke turned away 36 of the 39 Portland shots he faced.
The Hawks are now off until next Saturday, when they host the Kamloops Blazers at 7 p.m. in the Moda Center.