Reid Gardiner scored 12 points in three games last week for the Kelowna Rockets. -Image credit: Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze

Reid Gardiner scored 12 points in three games last week for the Kelowna Rockets. -Image credit: Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze

Rockets’ Gardiner WHL player of the week

Kelowna forward has six-point night in series clincher over Portland

To say Reid Gardiner has been firing on all cylinders in the WHL playoffs would be an understatement.

With 12 points in his last three games—including a career high six points in Game 5 against Portland—the Kelowna Rockets forward has been named the WHL’s player of the week.

After totalling two goals and four assists in Games 3 and 4 last week in Portland, the 21-year-old Humboldt native scored four times and added a pair of assists to lead the hometown Rockets to a 6-2 victory in the series clincher Friday at Prospera Place.

Gardiner, who was acquired by the Rockets from the Prince Albert Raiders prior to the WHL trade deadline, currently leads the WHL playoffs in scoring with 22 points, on 12 goals and 10 assists in 11 games.

Gardiner spent the first half of the 2016-17 season with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Penguins of the American Hockey League.

Gardiner and the Rockets will meet the Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Conference final beginning Friday night in Kent, Wash.

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