|Jordan Papirny made 27 saves Monday.|
Rourke Chartier had two goals and an assist to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 5-3 win over the Wheat Kings on Monday night, giving Kelowna a three games to none lead in the Western Hockey League’s Championship Series.
The game followed a similar pattern to the opening two games in Brandon this past weekend, with the Wheat Kings falling behind and then trying to stage a comeback in the second and third periods that comes up short.
“We’ve fallen behind 3-1 in all three games, in fact 4-1 tonight before making it 4-2,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Played our best hockey in the third period in the series but we haven’t showed as well as I think our team can through three games of the series.”
Leon Draisaitl opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal 6:35 into the first period, with Brandon countering on the same power-play on a Morgan Klimchuk goal at 7:48 to tie the contest 1-1.
Kelowna regained the lead, for good as it turned out, with a Gage Quinney goal at 8:47 of the opening frame to complete the scoring in the first period.
Dillon Dube added to the Rockets’ lead 4:15 into the second period and then Dube had a potential fourth goal waved off midway through the middle frame when it was ruled he had directed the puck in with his skate.
The Rockets would get their fourth goal from Chartier at 15:02 before Nolan Patrick got Brandon back to within two just 26 seconds later.
The Wheat Kings trailed 4-2 going into the third period but did well to preserve the two-goal deficit with a 5-on-3 penalty-kill that lasted 1:38 and left the Rockets 0-for-5 on the night.
Tim McGauley scored for Brandon shortly after the penalty-kill to get the Wheat Kings to within one, but the Brandon comeback was thwarted when Chartier scored his second of the game with 6:12 left to restore Kelowna’s two-goal lead.
Brandon finished 1-for-3 on the power-play, leaving them 4-for-10 in the series, but couldn’t capitalize on their final man advantage in the final 1:13 of the third period.
Jackson Whistle stopped 26 shots in the Kelowna net while Jordan Papirny made 27 saves in the Wheat Kings’ goal.
The teams will take the day off Tuesday before playing Game #4 Wednesday night in Kelowna (8:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).
Chaff...this is the first time all season the Wheat Kings have lost three consecutive games...Brandon dressed the same lineup for Game #3 as they did for the first two games, scratching F Reid Duke, F Quintin Lisoway, F Stelio Mattheos, D Mark Matsuba, D Mark Taraschuk and D Kale Clague...attendance Monday was 6,271...former Wheat Kings Wade Redden and Jordin Tootoo were among those in attendance on Monday night...the Lethbridge Hurricanes announced Monday that they had signed Brandon product Calen Addison, the 2nd overall pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft, to a standard WHL Player Agreement.