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Kelowna tops Hawks 6-2

KELOWNA, British Columbia — The Portland Winterhawks lost for the second time in six games Friday night to open the Western Hockey League season, falling 6-2 on the road to the Kelowna Rockets.

Portland (3-2-0-1, 7 points) and the Rockets (4-0-0-1, 9) will cap their two-game weekend series with a 7 p.m. game, also at Kelowna.

Kelowna, which has outscored its five opponents 25-13 and leads the WHL Western Conference, took a 3-1 lead by scoring both goals in the second period. The Rockets stretched their advantage to 4-1 with a power-play goal at 10:15 of the third period.

Portland cut the gap to 4-2 on Taylor Leier's third goal of the season at 12:33, but Kelowna scored at 15:00 and 17:47 to pull away before the announced crowd of 5,003 at Prospera Place.

Alex Schoenborn of the Hawks opened the scoring with a goal, his fourth of the season, 4:41 into the game. Kelowna answered five minutes later.

Brendan Burke took the loss in goal, despite making 35 saves.

Portland outshot the Rockets 43-41 but went 0 for 6 on power plays.

The Winterhawks dropped to 0-1-0-1 on the road.