PORTLAND, Ore. - Despite a third-period hat trick from Jamie Benn, the Kelowna Rockets couldn't overcome a three-goal deficit in a 4-3 loss to the Portland Winter Hawks in Western Hockey League action on Monday afternoon.
Luke Walker, with two goals, Colin Reddin and Sawyer Mick scored for Portland (15-38-2-2), which led 1-0 and 2-0 at the period breaks before a high-scoring third that saw the two teams combine for five goals.
With the win, the Hawks now lead their four-game season series with Kelowna at 2-0-0-1. Portland's lone loss to the Rockets was a 5-4 shootout decision in Kelowna on Jan. 9.
Benn now has 39 goals for Kelowna (35-20-1-2). Stepan Novotny, Colin Long, Mikael Backlund and Tysen Dowzak, all with assists, also reached the scoresheet for the Rockets, who entertain the Chilliwack Bruins (14-40-2-4) on Wednesday night.
Kurtis Mucha made 39 saves for the Hawks, while Mark Guggenberger and Adam Brown split the netminding chores for Kelowna.
Guggenberger started, but was pulled after 45 minutes when Mick made it 4-1 for the hosts. Brown was perfect in relief, stopping the three shots he faced in 13 minutes of action.