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Rockets finish strong for 7-4 win over Chiefs

Marissa Baecker

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Spokane Chiefs 7-4 on Wednesday night at Prospera Place.

The Rockets got on the board first as Kyle Topping(16) tallied at 5:14 of the opening frame. Kaedan Korczak(1) extended Kelowna’s lead by one with his first career Western Hockey League goal at 14:57. Jeff Faith(4) cut into the Rockets lead at 18:27 and Kelowna led 2-1 after 20 minutes.

Tyson Helgesen(6) tied things up 19 seconds into the middle stanza. Jaret Anderson-Dolan(23) gave Spokane a lead at 2:11, but it was short lived as Nolan Foote(12) knotted things up once again. Cal Foote(7) restored a lead for Kelowna on a Rockets power play at 14:20 and the score was 4-3 Rockets after 40 minutes of play.

7:53 into the final frame Braydyn Chizen made a nice rush and finished it off with his fourth of the campaign to give Kelowna a two-goal cushion. Zach Fischer(19) responded for the Chiefs at 15:41, but with 1:54 remaining Topping(17) collected his second of the night, then with 1:05 to go, Kole Lind(21) sealed it for Kelowna, 7-4 Rockets final.

James Porter’s record improves to 17-6-2-0 after stopping 23 of the 27 shots he faced. Porter entered the game in Roman Basran’s relief after Basran made five saves on five shots. The Chiefs outshot the Rockets 32-25.

Kelowna’s record improves to 26-12-2-1.

The Rockets enjoyed multi-point evenings from Kyle Topping(2G, 1A), Carsen Twarynski(3A), Nolan Foote(1G, 1A), and Kole Lind(1G, 1A).

A ceremony was held prior to the puck drop tonight as the Rockets honoured World Junior gold medal champions Cal Foote and Dillon Dube. Unfortunately Dube was unable to attend as he came down with the flu. Foote was presented with a new Hugo Boss suit from Rockets President/GM Bruce Hamilton.

KELOWNA, CANADA - JANUARY 10: Bruce Hamilton presents Cal Foote #25 of the Kelowna Rockets a Hugo Boss suit after returning from the World Junior Tournament with a gold medal at the Kelowna Rockets game on January 10, 2018 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo By Cindy Rogers/Nyasa Photography, *** Local Caption ***
KELOWNA, CANADA – JANUARY 10: Bruce Hamilton presents Cal Foote #25 of the Kelowna Rockets a Hugo Boss suit after returning from the World Junior Tournament with a gold medal at the Kelowna Rockets game on January 10, 2018 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo By Cindy Rogers/Nyasa Photography, *** Local Caption ***

The Rockets are back in action on Friday night when they visit the Seattle Thunderbirds. Puck drop for that one is at 7:35pm. They visit the Vancouver Giants the following evening. Puck drop is at 7:00pm on Saturday.

Kelowna is back home again on Wednesday, January 17th when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes. 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.

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