iSight Optometry Recap: Kykkanen makes 31 saves to blank Giants
The Kelowna Rockets kicked off their eight games away from Propsera Place with a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Giants on Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.
Jari Kykkanen made 31 saves to earn the second star of the game and collect his first shutout of the season and third of his career.
Andrew Cristall was named the game’s first star after being in on all of the Rockets goals, recording a goal and three assists.
Hiroki Gojsic made a pass from the right faceoff circle to Gabriel Szturc (12) in front of the Giants net where he put the Rockets on the board 15:19 into the game. John Babcock (2) struck for Kelowna 1:46 later, from along the left point he skated down the wall evading Tyler Thorpe, letting a shot go from the bottom of the left faceoff circle that beat Brett Mirwald short side.
While on the power play, Max Graham’s shot from the slot went off the post, leaving the puck in the blue paint for Dylan Wightman (7) to jam into the net halfway through the third period. Andrew Cristall (15) launched a shot from the neutral zone into the empty net to give the Rockets a four-goal lead late in the game.