Rockets win on road

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Spokane Chiefs 4-2 on Friday night in Washington. Spokane’s Zach Fischer(11) opened the scoring with 1:04 to go in the first and the Chiefs held a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.

The Rockets scored three unanswered second period goals. Carsen Twarynski(19) got Kelowna on the board 41 seconds into the middle period. Nolan Foote(6) pulled the Rockets ahead by one at 6:08. Rookie Liam Kindree(5) gave Kelowna a two goal cushion at 10:58 and they held onto a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes.

At 14:49 of the final frame Dillon Dube(16) continued the Rockets recent trend of shorthanded goals scoring Kelowna’s fourth shorthanded marker in as many games as well as Dube’s second in as many games to pull Kelowna ahead by three. Luke Toporowski(2) drew Spokane within two at 18:44 but that would be it as the Rockets collect their fourth straight win, 4-2 over the Chiefs.

Kelowna enjoyed multi-point evenings from Dillon Dube(1G, 1A), and Carsen Twarynski(1G, 1A).

James Porter’s record improves to 12-4-2-0 after stopping 31 of the 33 shots he faced. The Chiefs outshot the Rockets 33-25.

The Rockets record improves to 16-8-4-1.

Kelowna heads back home for a meeting tomorrow night with the Kootenay Ice for the fifth annual Teddy Bear Toss!

The Teddy Bear Toss is an annual event in which fans bring new teddy bears to the game and when the Rockets score their first goal of the night, the fans let the bears rain. The Rockets donate the bears collected to the patients of the Kelowna General Hospital over the holidays. Last season Rockets fans contributed to three full truck-loads of teddy bears that were all delivered to the K.G.H.

Saturday night is the final home game before the Christmas break as the Rockets embark on a six game prairie road trip through Saskatchewan starting on December 8th in Regina. The Rockets play the following night in Brandon against the Wheat Kings before heading to Moose Jaw for a battle with the Warriors on the 12th of December. Kelowna visits Swift Current on the 13th, Prince Albert on the 15th, and they finish off the road trip in Saskatoon on the 16th.

The next home game following Saturday will be December 27th when the Rockets host the Kamloops Blazers at Prospera Place for a holiday B.C. Division battle.

Tickets are available for Rockets home games through selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.