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Matthew Wedman was the offensive star in Rockets victory

Rockets roll through east

Matthew Wedman continues to pay dividends since being acquired from the Seattle Thunderbirds a week ago.

Acquired as the Rockets had left on their six-game East Division road trip, all Wedman has done is pick up points in each game, won 65 per cent of his faceoffs and provided some much needed grit.

Tuesday, Wedman provided all the offence the Rockets needed and Roman Basran continued his great run between the pipes as Kelowna nipped Brandon 2-1 in a shootout.

Wedman opened the scoring on a Kelowna power play with just 15.2 seconds left in the opening period.

Kaeden Korczak's point shot was stopped by Wheaties goaltender Jiri Patera. The rebound popped out to Pavel Novak at the bottom of the right circle.

Wedman deflected his one-timer past a sprawling Patera.

Pavel Novak, playing his first game after serving an eight-game suspension, drew the second assist.

Ridly Greig tied it on a Brandon power play four minutes into the second.

That was the only puck the Wheaties would get past Basran, who has allowed just six goals in his last six games. Ironically, he earned a shutout in the only loss he has suffered over that span, a 1-0 shootout loss to Edmonton.

Basran turned away 33 shots, plus all three he faced in the shootout.

Wedman scored the lone shootout goal in the third round, beating Patera with a blocker-side wrist shot.

The win moved the Rockets to within two points of B.C. Division-leading Kamloops.

The Blazers, also on an East Division trip blew a 4-0 lead and fell 5-4 in overtime in Moose Jaw.

The Rockets, 3-0 on the trip so far, play in Winnipeg Wednesday while the Blazers play in Regina.



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