Rockets get back in win column
The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Calgary Hitmen 3-1 on Sunday afternoon in Calgary.
The Hitmen opened the scoring on the power play at 10:54 of the first period. Calgary led 1-0 after 20 minutes.
James Hilsendager(6) evened things up at 1-1 on a Rockets power play at 16:32 of the middle frame and the two teams were knotted at 1-1 after 40 minutes.
At 10:42 of the final stanza Marek Skvrne(2) pulled Kelowna ahead by one. Conner Bruggen-Cate(9) put one in the empty net with 15 seconds remaining to seal it for the Rockets. 3-1 Kelowna final.
Roman Basran's record improves to 6-2-0-0 after stopping 21 of 22 shots he faced as the Rockets outshot the Hitmen 30-22.
Kelowna's record improves to 25-12-2-1.
Kelowna was without Rockets Captain Cal Foote and Rockets Assistant Captain Dillon Dube as they just finished in Buffalo, NY taking part in the World Junior Championships for Team Canada. With Dube captaining the squad, Team Canada defeated Team Sweden 3-1 on Friday night to capture Canada’s 17th gold medal at the tournament. Dube scored the opening goal of that contest, and finished the tournament with five points(3G,2A), Foote finished with three assists. Dube and Foote become the 9th and 10th Kelowna Rockets to win gold with Team Canada at the World Juniors.
The Rockets are back home again on Wednesday night when they play host to Dan Lambert and the Spokane Chiefs. Kelowna will also honour gold medal champions Dillon Dube and Cal Foote on Wednesday night prior to puck drop. Puck drop on Wednesday is at 7:05pm.