The Portland Winterhawks (13-14-0-0) fell 4-2 Saturday in Kelowna to the Rockets (22-6-1-0) in the final contest of their four-game trip through British Columbia.
The teams were scoreless until eight seconds remained in the first, when Kelowna’s Dillon Dube scored on a power play to make it 1-0. Tonight’s game was Kelowna’s teddy bear toss, and Dube’s goal brought stuffed animals raining down from the stands.
The game opened up in the second, with the two teams combining for four goals. First it was Portland forward Colton Veloso sneaking a backhand past Kelowna goaltender Jackson Whistle 7:53 into the period to even the score at 1-1. Kelowna regained a lead 43 seconds later on a goal by Nick Merkley, and just under two minutes after that Dube scored his second of the game to give the Rockets a 3-1 lead.
Later in the period with Portland on a 5-on-3 power play, defenseman Jack Dougherty took a shot from the point that beat Whistle to bring the Hawks within one at 3-2 going into the third. The goal extended Dougherty’s point streak to four games.
It remained a one-goal game until five minutes remained, when Kelowna’s Joe Gatenby scored on a power play to give the home team a 4-2 lead that stood as the final.
Adin Hill was busy in net for Portland, as he stopped 50 of 54 shots. Whistle finished with 27 saves on 29 Winterhawks shots.
The team will be back in action Wednesday when they travel to Everett to take on the Silvertips.