Rocket Recap: Blazers zip past Rockets

The Kelowna Rockets fell 10-2 to the Kamloops Blazers on Monday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC.

The Rockets, who were playing their third game in four nights, surrendered five power play goals to the Blazers on the night.

Fraser Minten (3) and Caedan Bankier (11) gave the Blazers a 2-0 lead through the first period of play.

Inaki Baragano (5), Matthew Seminoff (11) scored in the second, while Connor Levis (7) chipped in a pair to put the Blazers up 6-0.

Roman Basran replaced starter Cole Schwebius in net to start the final frame. Alex Swetlikoff (5) and Dillon Hamaliuk (6) scored early in the third for the Rockets to break the Blazers shutout bid. Josh Pillar (10), Orrin Centazzo (6), Seminoff (12) responded for the Blazers, while Levis (9) completed the hat trick.

Blazers goaltender Dylan Ernst, the younger brother of Rockets forward Ethan, made 24 saves. Schwebius stopped 21 of 27 shots, while Roman Basran turned aside 13 of the 17 shots he faced.

The Rockets power play was zero-for-two on the night, while the Blazers were five-for-seven.

Kamloops outshot Kelowna 44-26.

The Rockets record is now 9-5-1-0.

Rilen Kovacevic, William Irvine, John Babcock, Ethan Ernst, Andrew Cristall and Nicholas Cristiano were the Rockets scratches.

Paul Clark was the winner of the online 50/50, taking home $207.50 of the total pot of $415.00 with the winning ticket number F-1300288.

Kelowna will wrap up their 2020-21 season on Wednesday when they host the Victoria Royals for the final game of the shortened campaign.

As the WHL returns to play in the WHL Hub Centers in Kamloops and Kelowna, no spectators will be permitted to enter Sandman Centre or Prospera Place.

WHL fans can look forward to taking in games across the whole league through the newly-launched WHL Live on CHL TV. More are details available by visiting

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