Rockets blank ‘Hawks for 13th win

Rourke Chartier scores twice for WHL-leading Kelowna in a 5-0 road win

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the hometown Portland Winterhawks 5-0 on Thursday night kicking off a stretch of three WHL road games in four days.

The win improves the Rockets record to a WHL-best 13-1-0-0 on the season and also moved two Kelowna Rockets into a tie for the top spot in goals scored in the WHL.

Rourke Chartier scored twice and Tyson Baillie had one in the Rockets win, giving both players a league-leading 11 goals on the season.

Jackson Whistle was excellent in net, posting his third shut-out of the season. The Rockets outshot Portland 36-29 in the game, but in the first period the Hawks outshot Kelowna 15-9.

Justin Kirkland and Cole Linaker also scored for the Rockets who were 1-for-6 with the power play. Portland was 0-for-6.

It was the first of two games between the two teams this week in Portland with the rematch going Saturday night.

Kelowna also plays Sunday in Vancouver before returning home for a Wednesday night game against Victoria.


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