Rockets drubbed in opener

The Kelowna Rockets continue to search for their first victory of any type to begin the 2018-2019 season.

The Rockets opened the regular season Friday the way they went through a four-game pre season - searching for a victory.

The Kamloops Blazers jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead, and kept the Rockets at bay the rest of the way in a 4-1 opening night victory.

Brodi Stuart had two goals and an assist to pace the Blazers. Zane Franklin and Sean Strange also scored.

Orrin Centazzo picked up three assists.

Leif Mattson ruined Dylan Ferguson's shutout bid with the only Rockets goal, a power play marker midway through the third.

The Blazers were solid behind their own blueline, and the better team on the puck much of the night, as they held Kelowna to 26 shots, 11 of those in the final period when the game was already all but out of reach.

James Porter went the distance for the Rockets, turning away 34 of 38 shots he faced.

The Rockets get a chance at redemption Saturday night when they host the same Blazers in their home opener at Prospera Place.

Prior to the game, the Rockets will raise their 2017-2018 BC Division banner.

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