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Rockets shutout Blazers 4-0 to sweep season series

Marissa Baecker

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Kamloops Blazers 4-0 on Saturday night at Prospera Place.

Leif Mattson(22) got Kelowna on the board first at 13:28 of the opening frame finishing off a tic-tac-toe passing play from Dillon Dube and Carsen Twarynski. Gordie Ballhorn(5) extended the Rockets lead to 2-0 scoring on a long shot from the point just a minute later. Kelowna carried a two goal lead into the second period.

Both teams were held scoreless in the second period.

Mattson(23) scored his second of the evening midway through the final frame freezing Kamloops goaltender Max Palaga with a shot fake before sliding the puck through his five-hole to make it 3-0. The goal came shorthanded, and was Kelowna’s 15th shorthanded marker of the season. Just over a minute later Dillon Dube made it a 4-0 game tipping home his 34th. That would be it for scoring as the Rockets take it 4-0.

James Porter’s record improves to 20-9-4-1 after stopping all 18 shots he faced. The Rockets outshot the Blazers 31-18.

Kelowna’s record improves to 40-22-5-2. With the win the Rockets finish their season series against the Blazers with a record of 8-0-0-0.

The Rockets enjoyed multi-point evenings from Leif Mattson(2G), Gordie Ballhorn(1G, 1A), and Dillon Dube(1G, 1A).

It was a special night as the Rockets and the WHL Suited Up with Don Cherry to promote organ donation… presented by RE/MAX. The Rockets wore special edition Don Cherry themed jerseys, 1000 fans won a Don Cherry bobblehead, there was a Don Cherry look-alike contest for an autographed Don Cherry bobblehead, fans took part in a selfie contest using the hashtag #DonationDon for their chance at an autographed bobblehead, and each fan walked away with a Don Cherry hockey card.

Don Cherry themed special edition jerseys worn tonight are still available for Auction at https://auctions.kelownanow.com/products/index/auction:12/  now – Sunday at 6pm.

Kelowna is back in action again following Saturday night when they host the Prince George Cougars on Wednesday night. It’s Hat-Trick Wednesday, get your tickets before 2pm on Wednesday and $20 gets you a hot dog, pop, and your ticket to the game. Puck drop for that one is at 7:05pm. Tickets for that game are available here: http://bit.ly/2Ftbtpy

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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