The Kelowna Rockets had more than enough quality scoring chances but not nearly enough finish.
Adin Hill made 41 saves and Oliver Bjorkstrand had two goals and two assists as the Portland Winterhawks drubbed the Rockets 7-3 Tuesday night at the Moda Centre to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference final.
Nicolas Petan added three assists for the Winterhawks who took advantage of Kelowna’s penalty troubles by going 4-for-8 on the power play.
The Rockets took 44 minutes in penalties, including 18 by Tyrell Goulbourne who was assessed four minor penalties.
The Winterhawks, who led 1-0 and 4-1 by periods, called on Hill on numerous occasions to make big saves and maintain Portland’s lead from start to finish.
Kelowna outshot the ‘Hawks 23-12 in the middle frame but could only manage a goal by Leon Draistail, while being outscored 3-1.
“We dominated the second period in my opinion, but the scoring chances they had, they scored on all of them,” said Rockets assistant coach Travis Crickard. “I think they had three or four and we had 10 or 11, and when you get that many chances, you need to score.”
Leon Draisaitl, Cole Linaker and Riley Stadel scored for the Rockets who won the series opener but have since dropped two in a row.
Jackson Whistle surrendered four goals on 18 shots before being replaced by Michael Herringer 13 minutes into the second period.
Game 4 is set for Wednesday in Portland, with the fifth game to go Friday night at Prospera Place.