Kelowna Squeaks Out 3-2 Victory Against Tri-City

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Kelowna, BC- The score was the same as the first two meetings, but the outcome was different.

The Kelowna Rockets (16-8-1-1, 34 pts) were led by Dylen McKinlay’s go ahead goal and two assists as they defeat the Tri-City Americans (16-9-1-1, 34 pts) 3-2 at the Prospera Place in Kelowna.

Kelowna extends their win streak to four games, while the Americans drop their second straight game.  This is the Americans fourth straight loss to the Rockets in Kelowna.

Kelowna got off to a quick start, as Myles Bell scored a wraparound shot 1:37 into the first period to give the Rockets an early lead. Bell would add another goal midway through the period on a turnover by the Americans which led to a breakaway chance as he fired a wrist shot into the goal to make it 2-0. But the lead would be cut to one as Connor Rankin would put home a rebound on the power play. At the end of the period during a 4-on-4, Drydn Dow juked out a Kelowna defender and then slipped a backhand between Jordon Cooke’s legs to tie the game. Tri-City led the period in shots 13-11 and went into the second period tied at two.

The second period was scoreless until Kelowna retook the lead as Dylan McKinlay slipped a shot past Eric Comrie to make it 3-2. Both teams had an equal amount of chances and each team had eight shots. Tri-City had two power plays in the period, but couldn’t capitalize on either opportunity as they went into the third period down by one.    

Kelowna had two power plays in the third period, but couldn’t extend the lead. Tri-City outshot the Rockets 6-4 in the final period and had a 6-on-5 advantage towards the end of the game, but couldn’t tie the game as Kelowna held on for the victory.

Justin Feser’s assist tonight moved him into 9th alone on the Americans all-time points list and extends his point streak to six games.

Eric Comrie didn’t have quite the performance of the first two games, making 20 saves in the loss. Jordon Cooke made 25 saves in the win.

Tri-City will have a night off to regroup before heading to take on the top team in the WHL Kamloops Blazers (20-6-1-1, 42 pts) at the Interior Savings Centre. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. Tri-City defeated Kamloops in their only meeting this season 4-2 in Kennewick, but has lost two straight in Kamloops dating back to last season. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game beginning at 6:45 with the pregame show. WHL Live will stream the game online beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Dylen McKinlay, Kelowna

2. Myles Bell, Kelowna
3. Drydn Dow, Tri-City

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
  • B.C. Division |
  • Central Division |
  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68