Only one Southwest skater left in WHL playoffs

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Swift Current’s Colton Heffley is the only Southwest skater still alive in the Western Hockey League playoffs and his Kelowna Rockets looked poised for a lengthy playoff run.

Kelowna opened second round of the playoffs against the Seattle Thunderbirds with a 6-2 win at home on Friday. The Rockets took a 2-0 lead in the series Saturday in a 6-3 win. Heffley had an assist and Jordan Cooke made 36 saves on 39 shots for the Rockets.

Heffley, a 6’3’’, 206-pound right wing, has two assists in seven playoff games. He finished the regular season with eight goals, 21 assists, a plus-24 rating and 85 penalty minutes in 71 games.

The Rockets finished the regular season with the top record in the WHL with a 57-11-0-4 record, 15 points ahead of the Edmonton Oil Kings for top spot. They also finished the season in top spot in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings and were ranked for 21 of the 26 weeks this season.

The Rockets eliminated the Tri City Americans in five games to open the Western Conference playoffs.

Games three and four between Kelowna and Seattle will be played Tuesday and Wednesday in Seattle. Game five, if necessary, is slated for Friday in Kelowna. Game six would be Sunday in Seattle and game seven would be Tuesday back in Kelowna.

Organizations: Western Hockey League, Seattle Thunderbirds, Edmonton Oil Kings Kelowna Rockets

Geographic location: Kelowna, Swift Current, Seattle Tri City

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