Kelowna Rockets head home after being swept on 3-game trip

Rockets drop 6th straight

It was a road trip to forget for the undermanned Kelowna Rockets.

The Rockets, forced to dress five affiliated players drawn from midget league due to a spate of injuries, fell 3-2 to the Portland Winterhawks Sunday.

Rookie Cole Schwebius, who played all three games on the weekend road trip, held the Rockets in this one, turning away 49 of 52 shots directed his way.

Schwebius must have felt more like a target in a shooting gallery, facing 130 shots over the three games.

Reece Newkirk on a power play and Mason Mannek staked the Winterhawks to a 2-0 first period lead.

Jonas Brondberg made it 3-0 early in the third before the Rockets chipped away.

Ethan Ernst's deflected home Elias Carmichael's point shot for his second of the season to gave the Rockets some hope.

But, a goal from Jonas Peterek, his third in four games for the Rockets, was too little, too late, coming with just 18 seconds left.

The Rockets fired 28 shots on Joel Hofer, 17 of those in the final period.

Kelowna, losers of six in a row, get some much needed time off before hosting the Seattle Thunderbirds Friday.

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