Recap: Warriors late power play goal sinks Rockets
The Kelowna Rockets fell 4-3 to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC.
After the Rockets scored the opening goal of the game, Moose Jaw pushed back with three unanswered goals – including two on the power play. Kelowna battled back to tie the game at three with just under five minutes to play but took a penalty in the final minutes of the game that resulted in Moose Jaw scoring the game-winner with 18 seconds to go in regulation.
“I thought we didn’t do ourselves any favours by any means with our execution,” said Rockets head coach Kris Mallette in his postgame interview. “A few puck decisions that came back to bite us, ultimately two poor decisions on the penalty kill.”
Seattle Kraken prospect Jagger Firkus picked up first-star honours after posting a four-point (2G, 2A) night. Jackson Unger turned aside 25 of the 28 shots he faced.
Will Munro (1) found the back of the net for the first time in his WHL career after picking off a pass high in the slot. Seattle Kraken prospect Jagger Firkus (13) beat Rockets starter Jari Kykkanen with a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle.
Brayden Yager (12) gave the Warriors their first lead of the game and then pushed Moose Jaw out to a two-goal lead, with both goals coming on the power play. Moose Jaw had a goal waived off for incidental contact with 19 seconds left in the period.
Goals from Andrew Cristall (16) and Colton Dach (7) tied the game in the third period. Max Graham was called for charging with just under two minutes to go in the game, Firkus (14) and the Warriors capitalized on their opportunity scoring the game-winner with 18 seconds left on the clock.
- Moose Jaw outshot Kelowna 30 to 28
- The Rockets were 1/4 on the power play while the Warriros were 3/5
- Jagger Firkus was the game’s first star, Colton Dach was the second and Brayden Yager was the third
- The Rockets record is now 9-10-1-0
- Kykkanen made 26 saves on 30 shots, his record is now 4-5-1-0.
- This is the only meeting between the two this season
Kelowna will host Connor Bedard and the Regina Pats for a sold-out game on Tuesday at Prospera Place.
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