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BLAZERS FALL SHORT IN KELOWNA

Tyson Baillie had two goals and two assists including one into an empty net for a 5-2 win over the Blazers for the second straight night.

The Blazers had a solid first period despite the lopsided shot total of 14-7 in favour of the Rockets. Tim Bozon had the best chance of the period going in alone on Jordon Cooke but being denied twice. Mitch Friesen also had a break, but couldn’t beat Cooke.

The second period was no different as the Blazers had the best chances early on. In the first minute, Tristan Sieben pounded a rebound off the crossbar. Joe Kornelsen got the Blazers on scoreboard first as Aspen Sterzer charged to the net and Kornelsen found the rebound to make it 1-0 Blazers. The Rockets replied shortly later as the Blazers got caught in the Rockets zone. Nick Merkley eventually put home a rebound to tie the game up. The Blazers had a terrific chance shortly after but Cooke robbed Cole Ully in front of the net. The Rockets went back the other way and got a bounce a Jesse Lees high shot got knocked down right onto the stick of Linakar for an open net and a 2-1 lead through two periods.

The Rockets came out ready to play in the third period and scored back to back power play goals in the first less than 30 seconds apart to make it a 4-1 lead only 3:13 in the period. The Blazers fourth line went out there and did its job as Mitch Friesen took a shot on net and Mitch Lipon scored his first WHL goal on a rebound to cut the lead to 4-2. The Rockets added an empty net goal for a second straight night to make it a 5-2 final.

Bolton Pouliot made 37 saves taking the loss in goal, while Jordon Cooke had the win with 24 saves.

The power plays were the difference in this one as the Rockets capitalized going 2-for-5 while the Blazers were 0-for-5.

The Blazers have the week off as they prepare to for two games in Prince George on Friday and Saturday night.

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