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2016-17 Season Comes to an End as Hawks Fall to Kelowna 6-2 in Game 5

Marissa Baecker

Portland Winterhawks 2 at Kelowna Rockets 6 – Round 2, Game 5
Prospera Place – Kelowna, BC – Friday, April 14th

The Portland Winterhawks’ season came to an end as they fell 6-2 the Kelowna Rockets Friday in Game 5 of the second-round playoff series at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC.

The Rockets will now advance to the Western Conference Final series where they will face the winner of the Seattle-Everett series.

Scoring Summary:

  • 1st @ 4:54 – (PP) Reid Gardiner (Merkley, Thurkauf) opens the scoring for Kelowna. (KEL 1 – POR 0)
  • 1st @ 8:51 – (PP) Rodney Southam (Gardiner, Dube) extends Kelowna’s lead to 2-0 on the power play. (KEL 2 – POR 0)
  • 1st @ 12:41 – Gardiner (Dube, Stephens) nets his second of the night on the power play for a 3-0 Rockets lead. (KEL 3 – POR 0)
  • 2nd @ 7:06 – Joachim Blichfeld (Ginnell) fires a shot past Kelowna netminder Michael Herringer to cut the deficit to 3-1. (KEL 3 – POR 1)
  • 2nd @ 9:04 – (SH) Matt Revel (Jokiharju) gets the Hawks within one with a shorthanded goal. (KEL 3 – POR 2)
  • 3rd @ 9:27 – Gardiner (Merkley, Thurkauf) completes his hat trick to put the Rockets up 4-2. (KEL 4 – POR 2)
  • 3rd @ 16:02 – (PP) Gardiner (Dube, Lind) notches his fourth goal of the night on the power play for a 5-2 lead. (KEL 5 – POR 2)
  • 3rd @ 17:32 – (EN) Dillon Dube (Gardiner) gets an empty net goal to extend Kelowna’s lead to 6-2 and propel the Rockets to victory.

Power Play Statistics:

  • POR: 0/4
  • KEL: 4/9

Shots on Goal:

  • POR: 29
  • KEL: 44

Goaltending:

  • POR: Cole Kehler made 38 saves on 43 Kelowna shots.
  • KEL: Michael Herringer made 27 saves on 29 Portland shots.
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