Home teams prevail

The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Kelowna Rockets 4-2 on Tuesday night in Portland in game three of the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs.
 
Evan Weinger (2) got the first goal of the contest 4:06 into the opening frame for the Winterhawks. At 11:23 Calvin Thurkauf (2) responded for the Rockets on the power play on a tip in front and the score was 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.
 
The Winterhawks collected three second period goals. Goal scorers were Joachim Blichfeld (4)(PP), Caleb Jones (1), and Skyler McKenzie (4) (SH). Portland took a 4-1 lead into the final frame.
 
At 18:33 of the third Thurkauf scored his second power play goal of the night and third of the post season but it wouldn't be enough as the Rockets fell 4-2.
 
Michael Herringer made 26 saves in the effort as the two clubs tied in shots 30-30.
 
Thurkauf finished the night with two goals while Reid Gardiner finished with two assists.
 
Kelowna currently leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.
 
Game four goes tomorrow night at 7:00pm at the Veteran Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
 
The series will then shift back to Kelowna for game five on Friday night at 7:05pm at Prospera Place. Tickets go on sale at the Select Your Tickets box office at 9:30am tomorrow morning, Wednesday, April 12th, 2017.