Power play ignites for four as the Rockets top the Thunderbirds 6-2

Brian Liesse

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 6-2 on Friday night at the ShoWare Center in Kent, WA.

Carsen Twarynski(28) got things started for Kelowna at 11:33 of the opening frame on a 5-on-3 power play. Jack Cowell(8) scored on the power play 1:43 later and the Rockets held a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

Colum McGauley(2) gave the Rockets a 3-goal cushion at 3:41 of the middle stanza. Leif Mattson(12) added to the Rockets lead at 10:53 on another Kelowna power play. The Rockets led 4-0 after 40 minutes.

Twarynski(29) collected the Rockets fourth power play goal of the evening at 9:30. Dillon Hamaliuk(8) and Austin Strand(14) scored for Seattle late in the game, but Mattson(13) scored on the empty net to seal it 6-2 for Kelowna.

The Rockets enjoyed multi-point evenings from Leif Mattson(2G,1A), Cal Foote(3A), Carsen Twarynski(2G), and Kyle Topping(2A).

James Porter’s record improves to 18-6-2-0 after stopping 23 of the 25 shots he faced. The Rockets outshot the T-Birds 42-25.

Kelowna’s record improves to 27-12-2-1.

The Rockets are right back at it tomorrow night in Vancouver when they take on the Giants at 7:00pm.

Kelowna will be back on home ice on Wednesday, January 17th, when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

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

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