Rockets hit break on a high

The Kelowna Rockets will be in a festive mood as they hit the Christmas break.

The Rockets head home from a tough East Division road trip with six of a possible 12 points. They evened their record at 3-3 Saturday with a 5-0 victory over the Saskatoon Blades.

It was their second win in a row.

James Porter, who struggled in his previous three starts on the trip, surrendering 13 goals in just over two full games of work, turned away 40 shots to earn his first career Western Hockey League shutout.

Offensively, Kyle Topping led the scoring parade with a pair of goals. Carsen Twarynski, Jack Cowell and Liam Kindree also scored for the Rockets.

Kole Lind, who returned to the line-up Friday after being released from Canada's world junior selection camp, had three assists. Lind scored three times in his return Friday in Prince Albert.

Cowell and Twarynski put the Rockets up 2-0 after one period. Topping scored both of his goals in the second to increase the lead to 4-0 before Kindree scored a shorthanded goal to close out the scoring.

It was the second night in a row the Rockets have scored shorthanded and their league leading ninth of the campaign.

The Rockets hit the break in a dead heat with the Victoria Royals atop the BC Division, after the Royals dropped both ends of a home-and-home with the Vancouver Giants.

Both teams have 43 points, however, the Rockets still hold two games in hand.

The Rockets are off now until Dec. 27 when they host the Kamloops Blazers.

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