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Rockets close out 2013 with a vengeance

Rourke Chartier had a career high four points and the Kelowna Rockets scored a season high nine goals to close out 2013 with a convincing 9-3 victory in Portland Tuesday.

Chartier led the way offensively with two goals and two assists as the Rockets built up a 5-0 lead before the game was 24 minutes old.

Madison Bowey had a goal and three assists while Tyrell Goulbourne and Myles Bell both had a goal and two assists.

Damon Severson, Carter Rigby, Justin Kirkland, and Zach Franko also had singles while Tyson Baillie and Colton Heffley chipped in with two assists each.

The Rockets jumped on the undermanned Winterhawks early taking a 3-0 lead on goals from Rigby, Bell and Kirkland 10 minutes into the game.

Franko and Chrartier chased Portland starter Brendan Burke from the net with goals three minutes apart early in the second.

Jarrod Schamerhorn went the rest of the way allowing the final four goals.

Portland cut the deficit to 5-2 midway through the second before Bowey struck on the power-play late to restore the four goal lead.

The Rockets put it away with three more goals in the third.

Kelowna finished the night two for three on the power-play while also scoring a pair of short handed goals.

Portland went one for five with the man advantage.

The win extended the Rockets team record road and overall winning streaks to 15 games and improved their record to a league best 31-3-0-2 at the midway point of the season.

The Rockets close out 2013 with an overall mark of 57-9-2-2 going back to the last half of the 2012-2013 season.

They open up 2014 again in Portland Thursday before rolling into Vancouver Friday and returning home to host the Giants Saturday.

Tuesday's win also came on the same day it was announced Ryan Olsen signed a three year entry level contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

The 19-year-old Olsen was a sixth round selection on the Jets in the 2012 entry draft.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.



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