The Kelowna Rockets four-game win streak was snapped by the Winnipeg ICE in a 3-1 loss on Wednesday night at Wayne Fleming Arena in Winnipeg, MB.
Jake Lee scored the lone goal for the Rockets in the losing effort.
The ICE opened the scoring 17:16 into the second period, Connor McClennon’s (11) sharp-angled shot beat Kelowna starter Cole Schwebius.
McClennon (12) extended the lead with his second of the night early in the third period. Jakin Smallwood (9) made it a three-goal game just past the midway point. Two minutes later, defenceman Jake Lee (3) put the Rockets on the board.
Schwebius stopped 23 shots, his record moves to 4-4-0-0. Kelowna outshot Winnipeg 33-27.
The Rockets went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the ICE were 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
Kelowna’s record is now 17-9-1-2.
The Rockets were without forwards Nolan Foote (WJC Selection Camp) and Dillon Hamaliuk (illness).
Hamaliuk has been diagnosed with a virus. “He’s under the care of team doctors, who have shut him down to give him time to recover,” said Rockets president and general manager Bruce Hamilton.
Hamilton also provided injury updates on Kyle Topping (lower body) and Liam Kindree (upper body).
“Liam has been undergoing rehab and has resumed skating this week. Kyle’s also undergoing rehab, and he’s progressing well.”
Kelowna will be back in action against the Regina Pats on Friday night as they head into the final stretch of their prairie road trip.