Rockets Fly Past Americans 5-1

Kelowna, B.C. – The Tri-City Americans (27-27-3-3, 60 pts.) fell behind mid-way through the first period and were never able to recover, struggling to get its offense going as the Kelowna Rockets (47-8-0-4, 98 pts.) defeated the Americans 5-1 at Prospera Place on Wednesday night.

It was the Americans' fourth consecutive loss, concluding its five-game Western Conference road swing with a 1-3-1-0 record. Tri-City continues to lead the Prince George Cougars (25-30-3-5, 58 pts.) by two points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

Evan Sarthou made just the ninth start of his rookie season and, despite the score, played a very strong game between the pipes, making a career-high 46 saves on the night.

After the Americans registered the first few shots in the opening period, the Rockets took control of the game, outshooting Tri-City 20-5 in the first 20 minutes of play.

Tyrell Goulbourne opened the scoring for the Rockets at 9:43 of the first period, when the left winger’s rolling point shot hit a stick in front of the net, lifting it over Sarthou’s blocker.

The Americans’ net minder made several key saves to keep Tri-City in the game during the early stages. But, goals by Myles Bell and Nick Merkley 36 seconds apart stretched Kelowna’s lead to three-goals after 20 minutes of play.

With a strong opening shift, the Americans jumped out of the gate in the second period, but were unable to sustain that pressure, as the Rockets took momentum right back.

Cole Linaker gave Kelowna a 4-0 lead 3:30 into the middle frame, one timing Damon Severson’s pass at the blue line and beating the rookie goaltender. Mitchell Wheaton would extend the Rockets' lead to five with his sixth score of the season at 18:44.

Trailing 5-0 late in the game, the Americans began testing Jordan Cooke with their best opportunities of the evening, as the team looked to spoil the shutout. Rodney Southam would do just that, getting Tri-City on the board with 1:18 remaining in the game. But, that would be all for the Americans' offense, as it was held to just 16 shots on the night.

The Americans return home to open a three-game home stand when the team takes on the Prince Albert Raiders (28-28-2-2, 62 pts.) on Friday night for the 9th Annual Fred Meyer Breast Cancer Awareness game. Tickets for the game are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer outlets, or online at ticketmaster.com


Jack In Box Three Stars
1) Cole Linaker, Kelowna
2) Tyrell Goulbourne, Kelowna
3) Riley Stadel, Kelowna

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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