The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Kamloops Blazers 4-3 on Saturday night in Kamloops to close out the preseason.
The Rockets took an early lead as Leif Mattson found the back of the net 4:09 into the opening frame. Kyle Topping collected an assist on Mattson’s marker. 11:19 in Nolan Foote made it 2-0 finishing a play from Liam Kindree and Kelvin Hair. Kelowna took a two goal lead into the middle period.
Kyle Topping opened the second period with a goal 16 seconds in to bring the Rockets ahead by three. Justin Sigrist got Kamloops on the board before the period was out. Kelowna led 3-1 heading into the final stanza.
Nic Holowko pulled Kamloops within one before Brodi Stuart notched a power play marker to tie the game at 3-3. The divisional rivals were headed to overtime.
Overtime solved nothing and the clubs went to a shootout.
The shootout went as follows:
Liam Kindree: Miss
Connor Zary: Miss
Kyle Crosbie: Miss
Carson Denomie: Miss
Jack Cowell: Goal
Nick Chyzowski: Miss
Rockets win 4-3.
Brodan Salmond played the first half making 24 of 24 saves. Cody Porter took over for Salmond halfway through and made 18 of 21 saves for the victory.
The Rockets have a break following this weekend before they open up the regular season at home on Friday, September 22nd, when they host the Kamloops Blazers at Prospera Place. Puck drop is at 7:05pm.
Tickets are available for Rockets home games through selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.