The Kelowna Rockets five-game win streak came to an end on Saturday night with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Kamloops Blazers at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops BC.
Down by two in the second, the Rockets battled back to tie it up in the middle frame. Kamloops pulled ahead in the third, but Kelowna forced overtime.
Rockets overage David Kope continued his dominant play, picking up a pair of goals and an assist.
Caedan Bankier (6) put the Blazers on the board first with a power play goal 3:45 into the second. Josh Pillar (9) tallied a shorthanded goal to put Kamloops up by two. David Kope (4) responded for the Rockets minutes later, tapping in a rebound while on the power play. Alex Swetlikoff (4) tied it up with the Rockets second power play goal of the game.
Bankier (7) pushed Kamloops ahead again with his second of the night while on the man advantage. Kope (5) forced overtime with his second of the night on a pass from Mark Liwiski.
Bankier (8) completed the hat trick with 12 seconds to go in overtime.
Rockets goaltender Roman Basran stopped 30 of the 34 shots fired on him, while New York Rangers prospect Dylan Garand stopped 35 of 38.
Kelowna’s power play was two-for-five on the night, the Blazers were two-for-six with the man advantage.
Kelowna outshot Kamloops 38-32.
The Rockets record is now 8-2-1-0.
Kamloops was without captain Connor Zary, who was out with an injury. The Blazers were also without NHL draft-eligible Logan Stankoven, he is away representing Canada at the U18’s.
Scott Cousins, William Irvine, John Babcock, Ethan Ernst, Jackson DeSouza and Nicholas Cristiano were the Rockets scratches.
The Rockets are off until Tuesday when they’ll host the Prince George Cougars at Prospera Place, puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m.
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 watch.CHL.ca.