Rockets' centre Nick Merkley dropped a 3-2 decision to Nic Petan and the Portland Winterhawks in Game 2 of the WHL's Western Conference final Saturday at Prospera Place.

Winterhawks draw even with Rockets

Nic Petan's highlight-reel goal pushes Portland to win in Game 2 of Western Conference final

Nic Petan’s goal in the final minute of the second period stood up as the winner as the Portland Winterhawks edged the Kelowna Rockets 3-2 in WHL playoff action Saturday night at Prospera Place.

Petan roofed a backhand past Rockets netminder Jackson Whistle at 19:12 of the second, as the Winterhawks evened up the Western Conference final at one game each.

Portland jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Paul Bittner and Dominic Turgeon, before the Rockets got even on second period power play markers from Rourke Chartier and Dillon Dube.

After a 3-2 win for the Rockets in the series opener Friday, Kelowna captain Madison Bowey said his team didn’t come up with a comparable effort in Game 2.

“I think we had too many passengers,” Bowey said. “We didn’t have enough guys going the right way and tonight’s game turned out not to be in our favour. They took advantage of their opportunities. It’s going to be a battle now, we knew it was going to be a long series, it’s time to step it up for us older guys.”

The Rockets outshot the Winterhawks 40-32 in front of 5,681 fans at Prospera Place.

Games 3 and 4 are set for Portland on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.


Just Posted

Men caught on video stealing bait car in Kelowna

Two men stole a bait car in Kelowna

More affordable housing for seniors opens in Kelowna

Third and final building at the Apple Valley complex on Benvoulin Road opens

Truck smashes into multiple parked vehicles in Kelowna

The driver of a truck was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries

Kelowna writer of controversial Conservative Facebook post apologizes

Writer suggested Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan got his job because of affirmative action

Kelowna’s definitive Christmas market list

We’ve prepared a list of every market in the Central Okanagan

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Federal fall update expected to offer more support for struggling news industry

Ottawa committed $50 million over five years for local journalism in ‘underserved communities’ last budget

UK’s May appeals to public on Brexit, braces for more blows

British Prime Minister Theresa May answered questions from callers on a radio phone-in, the day after she vowed to stay in office

VIDEO: Stan Lee leaves posthumous message for his fans

Marvel Comics’ co-creator died on Monday at the age of 95

$136M in transit funding coming to B.C.

The announcement was made at the BC Transit yard in Langford on Friday morning

Ottawa apologizes to Japanese family in B.C. after chopping historic cherry trees

Plaque installed in Prince Rupert to honour the memory of Shotaro Shimizu

Two B.C. police officers, held in Cuba for months, cleared of sex assault allegations

Port Moody Const. Jordan Long and Vancouver Const. Mark Simms have been in Cuba since March

Sunrise ceremony at B.C. legislature honours Louis Riel

Nov. 16 marks the 133rd anniversary of the Métis leader’s death

California wildfire death toll hits 63

Sheriff says hundreds still missing in nation’s deadliest wildfire

Most Read