Cranbrook, BC – The Kelowna Rockets scored 3 goals in the third period for a 3-1 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Tuesday night.
The ICE (9-20-1-0) opened the scoring in the second period while on the powerplay with Collin Shirley near the net to redirect a pass from the corner from Kyle O’Connor.
The Rockets (20-9-1-1) scored 2 goals 95 seconds apart to take a 2-1 lead with a powerplay goal from Tyson Baillie and an even strength marker from Colten Martin.
Baillie added an insurance marker before the ICE had a chance to pull their goalie for an extra attacker.
The game was the start of a 5-game road trip for the Rockets.
The ICE will start a 4-game road trip with a visit to Prince Albert on Friday.
Because of injuries the ICE were one skater short of a complete line-up.
The ICE had no 20-year-olds and only 3 19-year-olds in the line-up.
ICE Scratches – Tanner Muth (3rd game upper body 1-2 weeks), Brock Montgomery (2nd game upper body 1-2 weeks), Joey Leach (4th game upper body 1-3 weeks).
Kelowna 20-9-1-1 Kootenay 9-20-1-0
Penalties-McKinlay Kel (major-fighting), 7:21; Vetterl Ktn (major-fighting), 7:21; Baillie Kel (hooking), 15:09; Wheaton Kel (tripping), 17:42.
1, Kootenay, Shirley 6 (O'Connor, Cable), 1:37 (PP).
Penalties-Olsen Kel (tripping), 1:20; Severson Kel (interference), 13:32; McPhee Ktn (interference), 14:54.
2, Kelowna, Baillie 9 (Chartier, Bell), 12:42 (PP).
3, Kelowna, Martin 2 (Fowlie, Severson), 14:17.
4, Kelowna, Baillie 10 18:35.
Penalties-Baillie Kel (slashing), 1:56; Simpson Ktn (interference), 11:25; Faith Ktn (holding), 16:12.
Shots on Goal-Kelowna 4-16-13-33. Kootenay 9-14-7-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Kelowna 1 / 3; Kootenay 1 / 5.
Goalies-Kelowna, Cooke 14-8-1-1 (30 shots-29 saves). Kootenay, Hoflin 0-7-1-0 (33 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Chris Crich (20), Colin Stefanyk (14).
Linesmen-Sean Donnelly (109), Ian Shaver (74).