March 18, 2018
The Kelowna Rockets closed out the 2017-2018 regular season with an 8-1 win over the Vancouver Giants on Saturday night at Prospera Place.
With just over five minutes to play in the first frame Libor Zabransky(2) opened the scoring with a nice snap shot that beat Giants goaltender Trent Miner low on the blocker side. Kelowna led 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.
6:16 into the middle frame Leif Mattson(24) made it 2-0 Rockets. Then at 10:50 Dillon Dube(37) hit a milestone, ripping home his 100th career Western Hockey League goal, making it 3-0 Kelowna.
Six minutes later Vancouver got on the board as Milos Roman notched his 10th, but the Rockets would reply right back, scoring two goals 22 seconds apart in the final two minutes of the period to give the Rockets a commanding 5-1 lead heading into the third period.
The late goals came from Gordie Ballhorn(7) and Kyle Topping(22).
Just over six minutes into the final frame of the regular season Dube(38) added his second of the evening to extend the Rockets lead to 6-1. Mattson(25) added his second of the night shorthanded at 13:05 for Kelowna’s 17th shorthanded goal of the season.
Kole Lind(39) added a power play marker at 17:10 and the Rockets downed the Giants 8-1.
The Rockets enjoyed multi-point evenings from Dillon Dube(2G, 2A), Leif Mattson(2G, 2A), Kole Lind(1G, 1A), Kyle Topping(1G, 1A), Gordie Ballhorn(1G, 1A), Marek Skvrne(2A), and Liam Kindree(2A).
James Porter closes out the regular season with a record of 22-9-4-1 after stopping 21 of the 22 shots he faced. Kelowna outshot the Giants 44-22.
Kelowna finishes the regular season with a record of 43-22-5-2. The Rockets finish the 2017-2018 regular season as B.C. Division champs finishing with a total of 93 points, nine ahead of the second place Victoria Royals, and 11 ahead of the third place Vancouver Giants.
The Rockets enter the 2018 WHL Playoffs for game one on Thursday, March 22nd and game two on Saturday, March 24th at Prospera Place when they host the Tri-City Americans in round one!
The full first round schedule is as follows:
|Game 1||Tri-City||@||Kelowna||Thursday, March 22||7:05|
|Game 2||Tri-City||@||Kelowna||Saturday, March 24||7:05|
|Game 3||Kelowna||@||Tri-City||Wednesday, March 28||7:05|
|Game 4||Kelowna||@||Tri-City||Thursday, March 29||7:05|
|Game 5 *||Tri-City||@||Kelowna||Saturday, March 31||7:05|
|Game 6 *||Kelowna||@||Tri-City||Sunday, April 1||5:05|
|Game 7 *||Tri-City||@||Kelowna||Tuesday, April 3||7:05|
Tickets are available now for games one and two at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.