Winterhawks’ season ends with loss to Kelowna

Rockets advance to face Seattle in WHL Western Conference finals

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The Portland Winterhawks’ season came to an end Friday with a 6-2 loss at Kelowna in the Western Hockey League Western Conference semifinals.

The Rockets won the series 4-1 and advanced to face Seattle in the conference finals beginning on Friday.

Kelowna never trailed in Game 5, but Portland did get close in the second period. Down 3-0, a goal by Joachim Blichfeld and a shorthanded goal by Matt Revel made it 3-2.

Kelowna’s Reid Gardiner carried the day for the Rockets, scoring four goals including the insurance goal in the third period.