Rockets winners in season opener
Sep 21, 2013 / 5:00 am
The Kelowna Rockets got some semblance of revenge over the team that swept them out of the Western Hockey League playoffs a year ago.
The Rockets got two goals and an assist from sophomore Rourke Chartier in a 5-2 victory Friday over the Blazers in Kamloops.
It was the regular season opener for both teams.
Kamloops scored first in the game before the Rockets stormed back with three straight goals as Riley Stadel, Justin Kirkland and Chartier scored for Kelowna as the Rockets took a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period.
Kamloops forward Cole Ully made the score 3-2 in the second but Austin Glover and Chartier, into an empty-net, had third period goals for Kelowna.
The Rockets outshot Kamloops 34-29 including a 15-5 edge during the decisive opening period.
Kelowna went 1-6 on the power-play while holding the Blazers scoreless on their four opportunities.
Kelowna played without last year's leading scorer Myles Bell, who was released back to Kelowna by New Jersey and is expected to arrive in Kelowna on Saturday. Damon Severson remains with the New Jersey Devils.
The two teams will go at it again on Saturday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna in the Rockets 2013-14 season opener.
Kelowna will raise the 2012-13 WHL BC Division banner prior to the game.
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