The Kelowna Rockets lost their first game of the pre season, falling 4-2 in Kamloops Friday night

Rockets fall to Blazers

The Kamloops Blazers scored goals 99 seconds apart midway through the second, then shut the door the rest of the way in a 4-2 pre season victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets Friday night.

Trailing 2-1, Nick McCarry drew the Blazers even before Fraser Minten gave Kamloops its first lead of the game on a power play just 1:39 later.

They held Kelowna to just 11 shots in the third period before Minten iced it with his second into an empty net in the dying seconds.

Turner McMillen and Trevor Wong scored for the Rockets who held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the early going.

For Wong, it was his first goal and his first game of the pre season after arriving back home late in the week from the Florida Panthers training camp.

Defenceman Tyson Feist also saw his first action Friday after returning from the Arizona Coyotes camp.

Cole Tisdale started and played the first two periods, allowing three goals on 26 shots. Cole Schwebius stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third.

Dylan Ernst turned away 18 Kelowna shots to earn the win.

Special teams proved to be the difference Friday. The Blazers scored on two of their five chances while the Rockets were held off the scoresheet on their three chances.

The two teams close out the pre season schedule Saturday night at Prospera Place.

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