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Morrissey, Rockets advance to WHL Championship

by Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) / Winnipeg Jets

Jets prospect Josh Morrissey and the Kelowna Rockets will face the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League Championship Series beginning this Friday, May 8, in southern


The Rockets rallied from a 3-0 deficit to knock off Chase De Leo, Nic Petan and the Portland Winterhawks 8-4 in Game 6 of the WHL Western Conference Final Sunday night at Moda

Morrissey recorded one assist and a +3 rating in the series-clinching game.

Both De Leo (2A, 1A) and Petan (2A) had multi-point nights, finishing the 2014-15 season on a high note.

Petan recorded at least one point in each game this post-season for a 17-game total of 10 goals and 28 points to lead the Winterhawks in playoff scoring. The 43rd pick in the 2003 NHL Draft appeared in his 88th career playoff game tonight, setting a new WHL record.

Petan tallied 15 goals and 74 assists for 89 points in 54 regular-season games.

De Leo, the 99th pick in 2014, finished third in team scoring this post-season, collecting seven goals and 19 points. The 19-year-old had 39 goals and 45 assists for 84 points in 67 regular-season games.

Games 1 and 2 of the WHL Championship will be played this Friday and Saturday in Brandon, MB, before the the series shifts to the Okanagan for Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) on May 11, 13
and 15.

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