Rockets bump the slump
The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Kamloops Blazers 4-2 on Friday night at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops.
The Rockets opened the scoring at 5:59 as Marek Skvrne(3) notched Kelowna's 14th shorthanded marker of the season. Kelowna held that lead into the second period.
In the middle frame Carsen Twarynski(43) finished off a 2-on-0 with Dillon Dube to make it 2-0 Kelowna at 6:59. Orrin Centazzo(11) got the Blazers on the board scoring on a penalty shot midway through the frame. Dube(33) responded right back for Kelowna on the power play one-timing Kyle Topping's pass from the slot to make it 3-1 Rockets. Kelowna led 3-1 heading into the third period.
The Rockets shut the Blazers down in the third period, and Kole Lind(38) added a late goal for Kelowna. Nolan Kneen(7) scored on the power play with six seconds remaining but it wouldn't matter as the Rockets skate to a 4-2 victory.
Brodan Salmond's record improves to 12-10-0-1 after stopping 36 of the 38 shots he faced. The Rockets and Blazers were even 38-38 in shots.
Kelowna's record improves to 39-22-5-2.
Dillon Dube(1G,1A) recorded two points in his 200th career WHL game. Kyle Topping(2A) also notched two points.
The Rockets the Blazers Saturday night before host the Prince George Cougars on Wednesday night. Puck drop for that one is at 7:05pm.