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Kelowna wins seventh consecutive game against Hawks, 5-3

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The Portland Winterhawks are having a hard time figuring out how to beat the Kelowna Rockets.

The Rockets beat the Hawks for the fourth time in four games — and final time in the Western Hockey League regular season — by overcoming two early goal deficits to win 5-3 Friday at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Kelowna (34-11-3-0), defending WHL champs, have won seven games in a row against the Hawks, going back to winning the final three games of the Western Conference finals last season.

Portland rookie Cody Glass set up Rihards Bukarts with a pretty pass for the game's first goal 5:28 into the game. But, 12 seconds later, Kelowna's Rourke Chartier tied it.

Rodrigo Abols gave Portland (25-22-2-0) a 2-1 at 14:38 of the first period.

Early in the second, Justin Kirkland and Chartier scored 1:27 apart to give Kelowna the lead, 3-2

Nick Merkley and Tyson Baillie goals made it a three-goal lead for the home team. Portland captain Dominic Turgeon made it closer late in the game with a goal.

Adin Hill made 39 saves, while Kelowna's Michael Herringer stopped 21 of 24 shots.

The Hawks play at Kamloops, 7 p.m. Saturday.