The Kelowna Rockets snapped their four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers at Prospera Place Saturday night.
Off the ice was also a success tonight, fans donated 500 toys and $2,057.40 in cash to the Wawanesa Toy Drive for the Kelowna Salvation Army.
Logan Stankoven (5) opened the scoring 8:35 into the first period with a power-play goal, giving the Blazers a 1-0 lead. Jake Poole (3) deflected the puck with one hand past Kamloops netminder Dylan Garand to tie up the game. Dillon Hamaliuk (6) put the Rockets ahead 1:16 after Poole’s goal. Ryan Hughes (8) responded for the Blazers just before the end of the period.
Kyle Crosbie (1) cashed in on a feed from Leif Mattson while in on a two on one, but Orrin Centazzo (12) once again tied the game during the second period. The two remained tied after 40 minutes of play.
Alex Swetlikoff (6) slid the game-winner under Garand’s pad on his backhand to lift the Rockets to victory.
The Rockets record is now 10-8-1-1.
Basran stopped 27 of 30 shots fired on him, his record moves to 8-5-1-1. The Rockets outshot the Blazers 39-30.
Kelowna will be back in action on Wednesday night when they host the Victoria Royals for Hat-Trick Wednesday. Purchase the Hat-Trick Wednesday deal from Select Your Tickets before 2:00pm on game day to receive a pop, a hotdog and your ticket for $19.99 plus fees. Tickets are on sale at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050
Come skate with the Rockets tomorrow on their ice at Prospera Place tomorrow morning from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Tim Hortons Family Skate. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the Kelowna Food Bank.