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Kelowna wins seventh consecutive game against Hawks, 5-3
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.