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Rockets mini streak ends

The Kelowna Rockets modest two-game winning streak has come to an end.

The Rockets dropped the second game of a four-game Central Division road trip, 5-1 in Lethbridge.

The Hurricanes got on the board early, and kept the pressure on much of the first two periods, outshooting Kelowna 27-16 through the first 40 minutes.

Zachary Cox opened the scoring just two minutes in, then, just past the midway point, Jake Leschyshyn burned the Rockets with a shorthanded goal, putting the Canes up a pair.

Jake Elmer notched the lone goal of the second, before Jordy Bellerieve and Tyler Ross put it out of reach with goals a little more than two minutes apart early in the third.

Liam Kindree broke Carl Tetachuk's shutout bid with a power play goal with less than seven minutes left.

Roman Basran went the distance, allowing all five goals on 37 shots.

The Rockets continue the road trip in Calgary Friday and finish up Saturday in Medicine Hat before breaking for the Christmas holidays.

 



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Rockets get to .500 mark

After starting the season 1-8, the Kelowna Rockets didn't look like a team that could claw its way back to the .500 mark.

But, 23 games and two coaching moves later, the Rockets find themselves at the break even mark.

They are 11-6-2-0 since Adam Foote took over the team.

They got there Tuesday, kicking off a four-game, pre-Christmas Central Division road trip with a 3-1 victory over the Kootenay Ice.

It was likely the Rockets last trip to Cranbrook, as the Ice are rumoured to be heading to Winnipeg for the start of next season.

Special teams were the difference for the Rockets, as they scored all three goals with the man advantage.

Leif Mattson scored two, while Kyle Topping added the other.

Mattson tipped home Kaeden Korczak's point shot five minutes into the game on Kelowna's second power play of the period.

Six minutes later, Topping pounced on a rebound for his 13th, and what proved to be the game winner.

The Ice got one back early in the second, but, just a minute later, Mattson restored the two-goal lead with his 14th of the season on a wraparound.

James Porter turned away 29 shots to earn the victory.

The Rockets, winners of three in a row, continue their road trip Wednesday in Lethbridge. They close out the trip in Calgary Friday and Medicine Hat Saturday.



Rockets lose 2nd coach

For the second time this season, the Kelowna Rockets have parted ways with one of their coaches.

President and general manager Bruce Hamilton announced Saturday the club has mutually agreed to part ways with assistant coach Travis Crickard.

Crickard has been with the Rockets since the beginning of 2014-2015.

He was brought on as an assistant and goalie coach.

"We'd like to thank Travis for his years of service," said Hamilton.

"He is a great person, we wish him all the best in the future."

Seven weeks ago, Jason Smith was fired, and replaced by Adam Foote.

No replacement for Crickard has been announced.

 

 

 



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Rockets acquire Viper star

The Kelowna Rockets have completed a trade with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The Rockets sent a fourth-round bantam draft choice in 2022 to the Hurricanes in exchange for the rights to 17-year-old forward Alex Swetlikoff.

Swetlikoff, a Kelowna native, is currently playing with the Vernon Vipers in the BC Hockey League.

In 27 games, Swetlikoff has eight goals and 20 points.

He was also recently named to take part in the World Junior A Challenge beginning this weekend in Bonnyville, Alta.

"We had an opportunity to pick up the rights to a quality player," said Rockets' general manager Bruce Hamilton.

"He's a very talented player that would bring depth to our organization."

Swetlikoff has committed to Denver University.



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