April 30, 2015 - 7:28 AM
The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Portland Winterhawks 3-2 on Wednesday night at the Moda Center in Portland, tying up the WHL Western Conference Final at two games apiece, heading to game five on Friday, back in Kelowna.
The Rockets earned a split of two games in Portland with a tight and entertaining win over the Winterhawks, bouncing back after Tuesday night's loss.
Jackson Whistle stopped 40 of 42 shots in the Kelowna net as the Hawks outshot Kelowna 42-28.
The game was tied 1-1 after the first period, before Kelowna scored twice in the second to take a 3-2 lead into what would be a scoreless third period.
Tyrell Goulbourne scored the game winning goal while Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist for the Rockets. Chance Braid also scored and Nick Merkley had two assists.
The Rockets penalty killers kept Portland off the score-sheet Wednesday as the Hawks were 0-for-6 on the power play. Kelowna was 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
The win evened the series as the teams have now split the first four games, with each team winning a game on the road.
Game five is Friday in Kelowna (7:05 p.m.) while game six will be held Sunday in Portland (5 p.m.).
A potential game seven would be held Tuesday May 5 in Kelowna.
Tickets for game five are on sale through www.selectyourtickets, at the Prospera Place box office or 250-762-5050.
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