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Rockets oust Blazers 4-2 in Kamloops

Marissa Baecker

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Kamloops Blazers 4-2 on Friday night at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops.

The Rockets opened the scoring at 5:59 as Marek Skvrne(3) notched Kelowna’s 14th shorthanded marker of the season. Kelowna held that lead into the second period.

In the middle frame Carsen Twarynski(43) finished off a 2-on-0 with Dillon Dube to make it 2-0 Kelowna at 6:59.  Orrin Centazzo(11) got the Blazers on the board scoring on a penalty shot midway through the frame. Dube(33) responded right back for Kelowna on the power play one-timing Kyle Topping’s pass from the slot to make it 3-1 Rockets. Kelowna led 3-1 heading into the third period.

The Rockets shut the Blazers down in the third period, and Kole Lind(38) added a late goal for Kelowna. Nolan Kneen(7) scored on the power play with six seconds remaining but it wouldn’t matter as the Rockets skate to a 4-2 victory.

Brodan Salmond’s record improves to 12-10-0-1 after stopping 36 of the 38 shots he faced. The Rockets and Blazers were even 38-38 in shots.

Kelowna’s record improves to 39-22-5-2.

Dillon Dube(1G,1A) recorded two points in his 200th career WHL game. Kyle Topping(2A) also notched two points.

Join the Rockets when the WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to promote Organ Donation…. Presented by RE/MAX tomorrow night when Kelowna and Kamloops go head-to-head once again. The Rockets will wear Don Cherry themed special edition jerseys that are available for Auction at https://auctions.kelownanow.com/products/index/auction:12/  now – Sunday, March 11th. 1000 Don Cherry Bobbleheads will be given away, and every fan will get a special Don Cherry hockey card. Take your picture with the Don Cherry cut-out that will be found on the concourse and use the hashtag #DonationDon for a chance to win a signed Don Cherry Bobblehead. Dress Up like Don Cherry and have a chance at even more great prizes during the 1st Intermission look-a-like contest. Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/2oIefMi

Kelowna is back in action again following Saturday night when they host the Prince George Cougars on Wednesday night. Puck drop for that one is at 7:05pm.

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

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