KELOWNA, B.C. - Kruise Reddick scored the winning goal on a power play midway through the third period and Drew Owsley made 33 saves as the Tri-City Americans beat the Kelowna Rockets 3-2 in Western Hockey League playoff action Wednesday night.
With the win, Tri-City took a commanding 3-1 series lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal. Game 5 goes Friday in Kennewick, Wash., and, if necessary, Game 6 would go Sunday in Kelowna.
The Rockets lost despite outshooting the Americans 35-13.
"It's tough," Rockets head coach Ryan Huska said. "You do rely, at this time of year, on your special teams. And tonight, penalty killing we were OK . . . but our power play wasn't sharp like it needed to be again.
"Tri-City did a good job of pressuring our defencemen up top, but we have to be able to respond and find ways to score goals, especially late in that game."
Tyler Schmidt and Brock Sutherland also scored for Tri-City.
Tyson Barrie and Brandon McMillan scored for Kelowna while Mark Guggenberger made 10 saves.