Recap: Rockets suffer overtime loss in high scoring preseason game with Blazers
Please note there are no highlights for this game
The Kelowna Rockets fell to the Kamloops Blazers 6-5 in overtime in their second preseason game of the season on Saturday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC.
Tied at one after the first period of play, the Blazers and Rockets exploded with eight goals between the two in the second period. After a quiet third period that had no scoring, the Blazers ended things just 45 seconds into three-on-three overtime.
Jari Kykkanen made his second straight start for the Rockets in as many nights, playing the entire game once again. Kykkanen made 39 saves on the 45 shots he faced.
Kelowna dressed much of the same lineup from last night’s game. The only changes were that Jake Poole and Max Graham drew in, while Gabriel Szturc and Turner McMillen had the night off.
The Rockets took the opening lead 6:30 into the game when a Blazers defenceman turned the puck over in front of the net to an awaiting Nolan Flamand (1). Emmitt Finnie (1) tied it up in the final minutes of the period with a low shot that beat Kykkanen glove side.
Starting the middle frame with 44 seconds left to go on their five-on-three power play, the Blazers capitalized with goals from Matthew Seminoff (1) and Ethan Brandwood (1). The Rockets then came back with a pair of power-play goals of their own from Scott Cousins (2) and Flamand (2). Kamloops battled back with a power play goal from Drew Englot (1) and an even-strength goal from Ashton Tait (1), leaving things tied at five through 4o minutes of action.
Minnesota Wild prospect Caedan Bankier (1) beat Kykkanen high glove side 45 seconds into three-on-three overtime.
- Kamloops outshot Kelowna 45 to 35
- Andrew Crsitall led the Rockets in shot attempts with eight
- Kelowna was 2/4 on the power play while the Blazers were 3/4
The Rockets will be back in action on Tuesday, September 13th when they host the Victoria Royals at Prospera Place at 7:05 pm.
Single game tickets for Tuesday’s game as well as the other home preseason game on Friday, September 16th and the Rockets home opener on September 24th are now available at Select Your Tickets.
Tickets can be purchased online through www.selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office, or by phone at 250-762-5050.
Two dollars from each preseason ticket sold will be donated to Cops For Kids.
Interested in season tickets? The Rockets will be hosting an open house Sunday, Sept. 11 from 12 pm to 3 pm at Prospera Place. Click here for more details.