Rockets face Blazers in round 1
The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Vancouver Giants 5-2 on Saturday night in Langley to close out the 2016-2017 regular season.
Calvin Spencer of the Giants opened up the scoring at 7:19 of the first period. Kole Lind responded quickly to hit the 30 goal mark. Former Rocket Jordan Borstmayer scored immediately following that and the Giants had a 2-1 lead. Nolan Foote and Leif Mattson scored before the period was out and the Rockets took a 3-2 lead into the second period.
There was no scoring in the second until Devante Stephens scored at 19:01, followed by Reid Gardiner potting his 18th at 19:12. Kelowna carried a commanding 5-2 lead into the final stanza.
There was no scoring in the third and the game ended 5-2 Kelowna.
Michael Herringer finishes the regular season with a 33-15-3-0 record.
The Rockets close the regular season with a record of 45-22-5-0 following Saturday nights win.
Kelowna finishes in second place in the B.C. division giving them home ice advantage in the battle of the Okanagan starting on Friday night, March 24th, as the Rockets open the 2017 WHL playoffs against the Kamloops Blazers. Puck drop is at 7:05pm.
Game two for that series will be Saturday, March 25th, at 7:05pm at Prospera Place. Game three the series heads to Kamloops on Tuesday, March 28th, at 7:00pm. Game four is on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00pm. If needed game five goes back to Kelowna on Friday, March 31st. Game six is in Kamloops on Sunday, April 2nd, at 5:00pm. Game seven will be back in Kelowna on Tuesday, April 4th, at 7:05pm.