Hawks Close In on Rockets with 4-2 Victory in Game 3

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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:


Game
Visitor Home Date Time
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