Rourke Chartier had two goals and an assist to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 5-2 victory over the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night. Defenseman Jordan Thomson had two assists for the Blazers.
The Blazers got the game’s first goal only 3:31 into the period. Joe Kornelsen opened the scoring as Aaron Macklin and Jordan Thomson each picked up assists. The Rockets replied scoring three straight goals in the period Riley Stadel, Justin Kirkland and Rourke Chartier made it 3-1 Rockets through one period. The Rockets outshot the Blazers 15-5 in the first period.
In the second, the Blazers settled in and cut the lead to 3-2. Cole Ully put home a rebound from a shot by Jordan Thomson 5:06 into the period. The Blazers had their chance late in the period to tie it up, Matt Needham was awarded a penalty shot, but he rang his shot off the post and wide to keep it a 3-2 game headed into the third period. The Blazers outshot the Rockets 16-10 in the period.
The Rockets gave themselves a cushion only 57 seconds into the third period. A bad turnover in the Blazers zone led to Nick Merkley feeding Austin Glover for a one-timer and a 4-2 lead. The Blazers tried to muster up a come back but couldn’t as they gave up an empty net goal and fell 5-2 in their home opener to the Kelowna Rockets.
Taran Kozun took the loss in goal for the Blazers making 29 saves, while Jordon Cooke earned the win for the Rockets making 27 saves. The Rockets were 1-for-6 on the power play, while the Blazers finished 0-for-4.
These two teams will play once again tomorrow night in Kelowna.