KELOWNA, B.C. - Justin Kirkland and Jesse Lees scored 1:42 apart in the third period as the Kelowna Rockets came from behind to defeat the visiting Portland Winterhawks 5-4 on Friday in Western Hockey League playoff action.
Madison Bowey, Rourke Chartier and Tyson Baillie also scored for the Rockets, who erased a three-goal deficit and a 4-2 score after 40 minutes of play to comeback and take Game 1 of the Western Conference final.
Kirkland and Baillie added two assists apiece for three-point outings.
Jordon Cooke made 22 saves for Kelowna while Portland's Brendan Burke kicked out 31-of-36 shots in a losing cause.
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Curtis Valk extended his point streak to nine games for the Tigers by scoring twice and Alex Mowbray had the other.