Rockets lead series 3-0

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KELOWNA - The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Victoria Royals 4-2 on Tuesday night in Victoria, taking a three game lead in the second round the Western Hockey League playoffs.

Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist as four different Rockets scored in the win, the first of two straight games in Victoria.

Kelowna scored twice in the first and added two more goals in the second period outshooting Victoria 36-30 in the game, scoring two power play goals and one short-handed marker.

Nick Merkley, Gage Quinney and Madison Bowey also scored for the Rockets while Jackson Whistle earned the win in net, turning aside 13 Victoria shots in the third period.

Game four in the beat-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Victoria while a potential game five is set for Friday night in Kelowna, if necessary.

Joe Gatenby was also named as the winner of the 2015 WHL Ryobi Hardest Working Player of the Year award. Gatenby was chosen by the Kelowna Rockets fans as his club’s Hardest Working Player this season and then went on to win the title of the WHL’s Hardest Working Player after a league-wide fan poll.

The Hardest Working Player of the Year is designed to honour the player who best exemplifies dependability, quality of play and commitment to his team throughout the regular season. Fans felt that Gatenby exemplified those qualities, which earned him the title of the WHL Ryobi Hardest Working Player of the Year for the 2014-2015 season. As part of winning this title, Gatenby is the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship and a Ryobi tool kit.

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