Rocket rookie blanks Tigers

It's a night Roman Basran won't soon forget.

The Kelowna Rockets rookie netminder recorded a shutout in his first career start Saturday, a 4-0 win over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers.

Nicknamed "The Mayor," but no relation to Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, the rookie held off the Central Division leading Tigers, turning away all 38 shots he faced.

Carsen Twarynski sparked the offence, scoring once and adding a pair of assists.

After a scoreless opening period in which the Tigers outshot Kelowna 10-4, Kelowna finally got on the board.

Liam Kindree scored his fourth of the year just 77 seconds into the middle frame.

Dillon Dube doubled the lead when he streaked down the left wing on a two-on-one break and,elected to shoot, beating Michael Bullion to the short side.

Twarynski made it 3-0 with his second short handed goal in as many nights.

He outraced two Tiger defenders to the Medicine Hat blueline, then deked the defender before beating Bullion with a backhand to the glove side.

James Hilsendager closed out the scoring with a wrist shot from the top of the circles.  It was the Rockets fourth goal on just 13 shots.

They finished the night with only 16 shots.

The win keeps the Rockets six back of the BC Division leading Victoria Royals.

The Rockets return to the ice Wednesday when the Prince George Cougars come to town.

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