The Portland Winterhawks (3-2-0-1) fell 6-2 in Kelowna Friday in a road contest against the Rockets (4-0-0-1).
Alex Schoenborn opened the scoring 4:41 into the game to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead, his fourth goal of the season. Kelowna tied it midway through the frame when Myles Bell scored to make it 1-1, which remained the score through the end of the period.
Bell struck again 6:34 into the second on a power play to give the Kelowna a 2-1 lead, followed by a goal from Nick Merkley at the 18:11 mark as the Rockets took a 3-1 lead into the third.
Kelowna took a 4-1 lead when Riley Stadel scored a power play goal at the 10:15 mark of the third, but Portland got back within two when Taylor Leier scored at the 12:33 mark to make it 4-2. However, the Rockets added goals from Merkley, his second of the game, and Colton Heffley to pick up the 6-2 win.
Brendan Burke stopped 35 of the 41 Kelowna shots he faced. His counterpart, Jordon Cooke, stopped 41 of Portland s 43 shots.
The two teams meet again tomorrow night once again in Kelowna.