Torrie Jung is doing all he can to lead the Kelowna Rockets into the playoffs.
Jung, making his 14th straight start since Kris Westblom went down with a season ending knee injury, was again the best Rocket on the ice during a crucial 3-2 overtime victory over the visiting Kamloops Blazers Wednesday night.
With the win, the Rockets moved back into a fourth place tie with Chilliwack. The Bruins have a game in hand.
Jung, who faced 39 shots, made several crucial saves, including stops off Ray Macias and Mark Hall in the second and an unbelievable glove grab off Brock Nixon on a third period power-play.
After the game, he deflected praise onto his teammates.
"I think we put it all upon ourselves to play well down the stretch. With Chilliwack playing so well, we knew we had to step up tonight and we did," says Jung.
Cody Almond took advantage of Jung's heroics, scoring the game winner four minutes into overtime.
Dustin Butler stopped a shot by Chris Ray, but Almond was there to poke the loose puck between Butler's pads.
Clayton Barthel, off a gorgeous backdoor feed from Almond on a first period power-play and Evan Bloodoff scored the other goals for the Rockets.
After a strong first period, the Rockets faltered over the final two periods as the Blazers took over, outshooting Kelowna 25-9.
Almond says the team still has some work to do on preventing lapses such as the team showed in the final two periods.
"We have to keep working on our consistency. I think the second period lull was mainly due to penalties so if we're more disciplined it should work itself out," says Almond.
The game was delayed about 10 ten minutes while arena crews replaced a pain of glass behind the Rockets bench. The glass shattered courtesy of a Tyler Myers clearing attempt.
The game began a stretch that sees the Rockets play four games in five nights. They host Seattle Friday and Vancouver Saturday before traveling to Tri-Cities for a Sunday matinee.
Rockets Prevail In Overtime
More WHL articles
- Kelowna Rockets
- West Kelowna Warriors
- Penticton Vees
- Vernon Vipers
- Kelowna Chiefs
- Kelowna Minor Hockey
- West Kelowna Minor Hockey
- Penticton Minor Hockey
- Vernon Minor Hockey
- Winfield Minor Hockey
- Pepsi Premier Hockey League
- Okanagan Ball Hockey
- Penticton Ball Hockey
- Field Hockey Okanagan
- Okanagan Rockets
- Kelowna Heat Spring Hockey
- Okanagan Jr Warriors
- Canadian Hockey Enterprises
- Okanagan Hockey Group
- Canadian Sport School Hockey League
- BCHL | KIJHL | WHL | NHL
Cover your team's games! Write up a story and email us [email protected] for publication here.
- Blazers outgun Giants Mar 2
- Rockets sweep weekend Mar 2
- Rockets 'Price' is right Mar 1
- Blazers fall to Thunderbirds Mar 1
- Blazers beat up on Chiefs Feb 28
- Blazers fall in shootout Feb 25
- Rockets lose a thriller Feb 24
- Giants crush Blazers Feb 24
- Cristall's trick lifts Rockets Feb 23
- Blazers fall 5-1 to Cougars Feb 23
- Rockets rock the Turtles Feb 22
- Rockets snap losing streak Feb 19