KELOWNA, B.C. - Swiss rookie Nino Niederreiter had a goal and assist for Portland, and Brad Ross added a pair of goals as the Winterhawks beat the Kelowna Rockets 4-2 in WHL action on Wednesday night.
Jacob Berglund, with his second goal, also scored for Portland (15-8-0), which led 2-0 and 3-1 at the period breaks. Niederreiter, a 17-year-old who's eligible for the NHL draft next June, now has 10 goals and 22 points in 24 games.
Ross's second goal, into an empty net with 6.7 seconds remaining, sealed the win.
Tyson Barrie, with his sixth, and newcomer Geordie Wudrick, acquired in a trade with the Swift Current Broncos on Monday, replied for Kelowna (11-11-1-0), which has now lost four games in a row and five of six overall. Wudrick's goal, his ninth of the season and first as a Rocket, came with 1:29 left in the game.
Adam Brown made 41 saves for the Rockets, who visit Prince George this weekend for a double dip against the Cougars (3-17-1-1). Ian Curtis made 28 saves for the Winterhawks, who beat Kelowna 3-2 on Saturday night in Portland.