Kelowna Rockets defenceman Madison Bowey is stymied by Kamloops goaltender Cole Cheveldave in WHL playoff action Tuesdsay night in Kamloops.

Rockets in 3-0 hole against Blazers in WHL playoffs

J.C. Lipon's overtime winner pushes Kelowna to edge of elimination for second straight playoff series

  • Tue Apr 9th, 2013 5:00am
  • Sports

J.C. Lipon scored at 3:43 of overtime to lead the hometown Kamloops Blazers to a 5-4 win over the Kelowna Rockets Tuesday in WHL playoff action.

The Blazers now lead the Western Conference semifinal series three game to none, with Game 4 set for Wednesday at the Interior Savings Centre.

JT Barnett, who played for the first time since Game 1 of the Seattle series due to injury, scored twice for the Rockets.

Ryan Olsen, with a shorthanded goal, and Cole Martin also scored for Kelowna.

Captain Dylan Willick notched a pair for the Blazers who were outshot 37-29.

Jordon Cooke, who allowed three goals on 11 shots, was replaced by Jackson Whistle in the Rockets’ net to start the second period.

Game 5, if necessary, will be played Friday at Prospera Place in Kelowna.