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Rockets drop first of back to back games to Winterhawks

Marissa Baecker

The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Kelowna Rockets 3-0, on Saturday night at the Modo Center in Portland, Oregon.

Joachim Blichfeld(5) got the Winterhawks on the board early when he put one past Kelowna’s starter, James Porter, 3:30 into the game. The Rockets penalty kill went to work early in the game as well; Conner Bruggen-Cate was called for interference at 4:17, Kyle Topping then joined him in the box 18 seconds later after he flipped a puck into the crowd. Kelowna was able to kill off the five on three against the Western Hockey Leagues best power play team. Portland headed into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.

Cody Glass(7) gave the Winterhawks a 2-0 lead 6:43 into the middle frame, a shot bounced off of the end boards and onto his stick. The Rockets headed into the dressing room down 2-0 after 20 minutes of play.

Kelowna and Portland went back and forth in the final period until Reece Newkirk(11) put one between Porter’s legs to extend Portland’s lead to 3-0.

Kelowna’s record falls to 8-11-0-0.

James Porter’s record is now 2-4-0-0, he turned aside 47 of the 50 shots he faced. Portland outshot the Rockets 50-26.

Kelowna will face the Winterhawks again tomorrow, November 11th. They’ll face B.C. Division rival, Prince George on the road November 14th. The Rockets will wrap up their road trip when play back to back nights in Alberta. They’ll stop in Red Deer November 16th and Edmonton on November 17th.

The Rockets are back home again on Wednesday, November 21st when they host the Regina Pats at Prospera Place for Hat Trick Wednesday.

Tickets are on sale at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.

Season tickets are on sale now. Season ticket holders will have first right of refusal on 2020 Memorial Cup presented by KIA ticket packages.

For season ticket info contact us by email – Gavin Hamilton – gavinh@kelownarockets.com or Andrew Deans – andrewd@kelownarockets.com, or by phone at 250-860-7825.

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