KELOWNA, B.C. (from Kelowna Rockets) – The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Victoria Royals 8-4 Saturday night at Prospera Place.
Kole Lind (22) got the Rockets on the board first ripping a shot past Royals netminder Griffen Outhouse 3:18 into the opening frame. Rockets Captain Cal Foote (9) extended Kelowna’s lead to two after sneaking in from the point and redirecting a pass from Dillon Dube at 4:33. Dube (21) scored a power-play marker at 8:20 to give the Rockets a three-goal cushion. Victoria replied on a power play of their own before the period was out as Tyler Soy notched his 22nd and Kelowna led 3-1 after 20 minutes.
Kyle Topping (17) regained the Rockets’ three-goal lead 31 seconds into the middle period for Kelowna’s second power-play tally of the evening. Matthew Phillips (32) cut into the Rockets lead at 12:23 responding on another Royals power play. Dante Hannoun (20) scored Victoria’s third power play goal of the night at 14:14, but it was the Rockets who prevailed on the next Royals power play as Leif Mattson (15) scored Kelowna’s 11th short-handed marker of the season at 17:03 and the home team led 5-3 after 40 minutes of play.
Just 16 seconds into the final frame Jack Cowell (9) scored for Kelowna before Carsen Twarynski notched his team-leading 30th of the season 43 seconds later to give the Rockets a commanding 7-3 lead. Victoria pulled their goalie with seven minutes remaining to attempt to mount a comeback, but with 5:32 to go Cowell (10) tucked one into the empty net to give the Rockets an 8-3 lead. With 4:22 to go Igor Martynov (15) was awarded a penalty shot and he made no mistake, but that would be it from the Royals as the Rockets skate to an 8-4 victory.
The Rockets enjoyed multi-point evenings from Lind (1G, 3A), Cowell (2G), Cal Foote (1G, 1A), Dube (1G, 1A), Mattson (1G, 1A), Nolan Foote (2A), James Hilsendager (2A), and Conner Bruggen-Cate (2A).
Cole Tisdale, 15, made his WHL debut and stopped 23 of 27 shots to record the win.
Kelowna’s record improves to 29-14-2-1.
The Rockets now head on a three-game road trip through Alberta starting at 6 p.m. PT Wednesday in Lethbridge when they face the Hurricanes for the last time this regular season. They then head Medicine Hat on Friday for a meeting with the Tigers with puck drop going at 6:30 p.m. PT, before stopping in Red Deer at 6 p.m. PT the next night for a matchup with the Rebels.
Kelowna is back at home again Jan. 30 when they play host to the Medicine Hat Tigers in a rematch of Friday’s game.