The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Kelowna Rockets 4-2 on Tuesday night 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 night at 7:00pm at the Veteran Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
The series will then shift back to Kelowna for game five on Friday night at 7:05pm at Prospera Place.
If necessary the series will shift back to Portland for game six.
The whole series schedule goes as follows:
|1||Portland||@||Kelowna||Friday, April 7||7:05|
|2||Portland||@||Kelowna||Saturday, April 8||7:05|
|3||Kelowna||@||Portland||Tuesday, April 11||7:00|
|4||Kelowna||@||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