iSight Optometry Recap: T-Birds blank Rockets
The Kelowna Rockets were blanked 2-0 by the Seattle Thunderbirds on Wednesday in Kent, Wa.
It was a penalty-filled game that saw both teams combine for eight power-play attempts but struggle to capitalize on the man advantage.
Jari Kykkanen earned the second star of the game after stopping 35 of the 36 shots fired on him, while Buffalo Sabres prospect Scott Ratzlaff stopped all 19 Rockets shots he faced for his seventh career shutout.
Both teams were in action last night, with the T-Birds playing in Kennewick against the Tri-City Americans and the Rockets bussing down to Kent following their game against Lethbridge last night.
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The Thunderbirds were able to convert on their first power play of the game, to open the scoring 5:10 into the second period after Eric Alarie (8) put the rebound past Rockets starter Jari Kykkanen. The Rockets continued to find themselves in penalty trouble throughout the period, Hiroki Gojsic took a tripping penalty 43 seconds later that they were able to kill off. Defenceman Ethan Mittelsteadt’s night came to an early end just over two minutes later after he was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for cross-checking, Kelowna was able to limit the T-Birds to just one dangerous shot on goal during the kill. John Babcock, who took the initial penalty that resulted in the T-Birds goal earlier in the frame, found his way back to the box at 13:51, but the Rockets penalty killers were able to hold off the Thunderbirds.
The Rockets began the third period with a power play that carried over into the third period that they were unable to capitalize on. Kelowna once again found themselves on the man advantage 1:42 into the third and again at 16:18 but could solve Scott Ratzlaff. Simon Lovsin (2) sent the puck from the high slot of his own end down the ice and into the empty Rockets net.