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Kelowna cuts down Winterhawks again

KELOWNA, British Columbia — The Kelowna Rockets completed a two-game sweep of the Portland Winterhawks with a 6-3 home victory Saturday night.

The Rockets, who beat Portland 6-2 on Friday, rallied from an early 2-0 deficit in the second meeting of the Western Hockey League teams.

Kelowna (5-0-0-1, 11 points) held the Hawks scoreless on nine power plays and took over first place in the WHL Western Conference.

Portland (3-3-0-1, 7 points) played its No. 2 goalie, Jarrod Schamerhorn, who stopped 34 of 40 shots before the announced crowd of 5,010 at Prospera Place.

The Hawks scored the first two goals, with Oliver Bjorkstrand finding the net at 2:07 and Brendan Leipsic striking at 3:32.

Kelowna came back with a power-play goal at 12:13, tied the score at 13:30 and took a 3-2 lead at 14:08.

That was how the game stood until 14:06 of the second period, when the Blazers extended their lead to 4-2.

In the third period, Portland got one back on Taylor Leier's tally while short-handed at 6:59.

But Kelowna answered at 15:22, then added another insurance goal at 18:12 with the man advantage.