KELOWNA, B.C. - Marek Tvrdon scored twice and Jordon Cooke made 29 saves as the Kelowna Rockets downed the visiting Tri-City Americans 4-1 on Friday to advance in the Western Hockey League playoffs.
Rourke Chartier and Carter Rigby also scored for the Rockets, who took the first-round series 4-1, and Nick Merkley had two assists.
Parker Bowles scored the lone goal for the Americans while Eric Comrie turned away 34-of-38 shots in a losing cause.
Kelowna must wait for the series between Everett and Seattle to wrap up before knowing who its next opponent is.
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BRANDON — John Quenneville scored once and set up two more as the Wheat Kings toppled Regina to sweep their first-round series.
Morgan Klimchuk scored the lone goal for the Pats while Daniel Wapple stopped 37-of-42 shots in defeat.
The Wheat Kings will face the top-seeded Edmonton Oil Kings in Round 2.
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EVERETT, Wash. — Jujhar Khaira had three goals and an assist as the Silvertips took Game 4 against Seattle to avoid elimination from their first-round tilt.
Joshua Winquist and Brayden Low each had a goal and an assist for Everett, which trails the series 3-1, and Carson Stadnyk had the other.
Jared Hauf scored the lone goal for the Thunderbirds.