Recap: Seattle holds off Kelowna
The Seattle Thunderbirds snapped the Kelowna Rockets two-game win streak and extended theirs to three games with a 5-4 win over the Kelowna Rockets on Friday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC.
Edmonton Oilers 2022 first-round pick Reid Schaefer led the Thunderbirds offence with a pair of goals, while goaltender Thomas Milic turned aside 32 of the 38 shots the Rockets fired at him.
“I’m happy with the effort, I really am,” said Rockets head coach Kris Mallette following the game.
“That’s a team that everyone is talking about, right? Seattle is a very complete team—goaltending, defence, out to their forwards. People don’t talk about the Kelowna Rockets. And you know what, spotted them a couple, at times in our defensive zone was interesting, to say the least. But you know what, our guys battled to the end and I’m happy with that, it’s game five for us, a great measuring stick for our group.”
On the Rockets side of things, Andrew Cristall earned the game’s first star after scoring the first two goals of the game and adding an assist to extend his point streak to five games.
“It was a chippy game out there, I think we’re both physical teams,” said Cristall in his post-game interview.
“I think from our side the intensity was there, if we just had some better starts to the periods there this game could’ve been different, but the intensity throughout the game I liked it a lot.
Reid Schaefer (2) scored the opening goal 3:13 into the game while on the power play. The Rockets tied the game on a Max Graham shot that went wide and bounced off of the end boards right onto Andrew Cristall’s (4) stick at the side of the net. Vegas Golden Knights pick Jordan Gustafson (1) restored the T-Bird’s lead.
Gabriel Szturc (4) tied the game 3:32 into the third on a feed from Cristall. The T-Birds responded in quick fashion with goals from Nico Myatovic (2) and Schaefer (3) just over a minute apart to go up by a pair. Dylan Wightman (1) pulled Kelowna back within one on a power play late in the game.
- Seattle outshot Kelowna 41 to 32
- The Rockets were 2/4 on the power play while the Thunderbirds were 1/4
- Jari Kykkanen made 36 saves on 41 shots
- Cristall was the game’s first star, Schaefer was the second and Szturc was the third
- Szturc recorded a goal and two assists to extend his point streak to five games
- Marcus Pacheco kept his four-game point streak alive, picking up an assist on the game’s last goal
- The next matchup with Seattle is set for November 23 in Kent, WA
The Rockets next home game will be their Pink in the Rink game against the Everett Silvertips on Friday, October 14th.
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