Joe Gatenby skates for a loose puck against Portland on Saturday night at the Moda Centre in Portland.

Rockets Take Both in Portland after 8-5 win on Saturday

Kelowna comes back to beat the Hawks Saturday and sweep a pair of games against rival Portland

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Portland Winterhawks 8-5 at the Moda Centre in Portland on Saturday night winning both games this weekend between the two teams.

Kelowna came back from a three-goal deficit to rally for its fourth straight victory and improve to 13-5-0-0 on the season.

The Rockets scored four times in the second and added four more in the third, including a pair by Justin Kirkland.

The Rockets fell behind 3-0 after the first period as the Hawks scored three straight to chase Kelowna starter Michael Herringer. But a four goal second period gave the Rockets a 4-3 lead heading to the third period.

Tyson Baillie and Kole Lind each had a goal and two assists in the game while other Rockets goals came from Nick Merkley, Cole Linaker, Rodney Southam and Devante Stephens.

Portland outshot Kelowna 32-29 in the game.

The Rockets are back home on Wednesday when the play host to the Vancouver Giants at 2:05 p.m. in a special Remembrance Day game.

Kelowna fans also have Monday night’s Canada-Russia series game to look forward to, a 7:05 start Monday at Prospera Place.

Tickets are available for the game through www.selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.

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