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Winterhawks crush Rockets 5-1

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Nic Petan scored a natural hat-trick for Portland, registering his 38th, 39th and 40th goals of the season, as the Winterhawks swept a weekend twinbill in Kelowna by beating the Rockets 5-1 in WHL action on Saturday night.


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Ty Rattie, with his 31st goal of the season at 10:15 of the second period to make it 4-0, and Brendan Leipsic, with a breakaway goal five minutes later at 15:44 to make it 5-0, also scored for Portland (45-8-1-2). On Friday, the league-leading Winterhawks raced out to a 4-0 lead in a 5-3 victory over the Rockets.


Colton Sissons, with his 22nd goal of the season midway through the third, replied for Kelowna (40-13-3-1), which lost back-to-back home games for the first time this season. The Rockets’ home record is a league-leading 24-4.


Mac Carruth stopped 31 shots for Portland. Jordon Cooke took the loss for Kelowna, making 18 saves on 23 shots before giving way after 40 minutes to Jackson Whistle. Whistle stopped all 12 shots he faced in the third.


Our full story is in the Okanagan Sunday


— Photo by Gary Nylander

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