The Kelowna Rockets launched back into the win column with an 8-3 victory over the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday night at Prospera Place.
Matthew Wedman picked up a hat trick and Pavel Novak racked up five points (one goal, four assists) as the Rockets snapped a five-game losing streak and picked up their 24th win of the season.
“The guys played well,” said head coach Adam Foote. “They did a lot of good things that we worked on in practice. I thought Wedman and Topping, Novak came out and lead by example.” You can watch Foote’s postgame availability here.
Tri-City opened the scoring 2:48 into the game with a power-play tally from Edge Lambert (11). The Rockets answered 1:35 later when Kyle Topping fed a streaking Pavel Novak (19) at the blueline. Kelowna jumped in front with a power-play goal from Matthew Wedman (13).
Dillon Hamaliuk, Kyle Topping (9) and Wedman (14) pushed the Rockets to a 5-1 lead during the second period.
Connor Bouchard (10) scored a shorthanded goal eight seconds into the final stanza. Matthew Wedman (15) completed the hat trick at 3:28, the second three-goal game of his WHL career, Defenceman Tyson Feist (1) netted his first WHL goal give the Rockets a 7-2 lead. American Tyson Greenway (1) also scored his first Western Hockey League goal, 1:22 after Feists. Mark Liwiski (7) capped off the scoring just past the midway point.
Kelowna went one-for-five with the power play, while Tri-City was one-for-two with the man advantage.
Roman Basran stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced. The Rockets outshot the Ams 45-27.
Defenceman Devin Steffler and forward Matthew Wedman returned to the Rockets lineup from injury.
Jarod Newell, Sean Comrie (upper body), Michael Farren (upper body), Liam Kindree (upper body) and Nolan Foote (lower body) were the Rockets scratches.
The Rockets will be back in action on Saturday when they host the Red Deer Rebels for their only matchup of the season. Tickets are on sale at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.