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Rockets steamroll T-Birds

What do you do for an encore the game after registering a hat trick?

If you're Carter Rigby, put up a five point night.

Rigby netted his second consecutive hat trick and added two assists as the Rockets pounded the defenseless Seattle Thunderbirds 8-0 Thursday night at Prospera Place.

The 18-year-old Penticton native also had three goals in Saturday's win over Vancouver.

In his 28 previous games this season Rigby had five goals and five assists. He has six goals and two assists his last two.

The line of Rigby, JT Barnett and Colton Heffley contributed 13 points on the campaign.

Heffley had a goal and three assists while Barnett chipped in with four assists.

For all three, the point totals were career highs.

Colton Sissons, Jesse Lees, Dylen McKinlay and Tyson Baillie also scored for the Rockets.

Kelowna jumped all over Seattle early lighting up starting netminder Brandon Glover with three goals before the game was 10 minutes old.

They added three more in the second before closing out the scoring with two more in the third.

Jordon Cooke had a relatively quiet night, stopping all 18 shots he faced for his fourth shutout and league leading 26th win of the season.

Thursday's win was also the Rockets 20th straight on home ice and moved them to within four points of league leading Portland.

With the eight goal outburst the Rockets also take over the league lead in goals scored (218), one more than the Winterhawks.

The Rockets and T-Birds will meet up again Friday night in Seattle in the back half of the home-and-home set.

Kelowna returns home Saturday when the Prince Albert Raiders come to town.

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