September 24, 2017
By Kevin Bains
The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Kamloops Blazers 5-1 on Saturday night at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, to sweep the opening season home and home series.
Kole Lind got things started for Kelowna with his second of the season at 9:16 of the opening period finishing off a play from Wil Kushniryk and Kyle Topping, to carry a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Blazers Joe Gatenby scored midway through the second to knot it up 1-1 headed into the final frame.
Just 1:41 into the third Jack Cowell(2) pulled the Rockets ahead by a goal. Four minutes later he notched his second of the evening and third of the season on the power play. Kole Lind collected the primary assist and Cal Foote added the secondary assist on both of Cowell’s goals. Lind added his second of the night with an assist coming from Ted Brennan before Cal Foote potted a power play marker for his first of the season with assists going to Nolan Foote and Kole Lind to round out the scoring for Kelowna. 5-1 Rockets final.
Brodan Salmond stopped 28 of 29 shots he faced as both he and the Rockets improve to 2-0-0-0 thus far on the regular season. The Rockets outshot the Blazers 32-29. Kelowna was 2/5 on the power play and 3/3 on the penalty kill.
Kole Lind led the Rockets with a five point performance (2G, 3A), while Jack Cowell (2G) and Cal Foote (1G, 2A) also enjoyed multi-point nights.
In game 1 at home Friday night, the Rockets downed the Blazers 6-2.
The Rockets are back at home next Friday, September 29th, when they host the Everett Silvertips.
Puck drop is 7:05pm at Prospera Place.