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Matthew Wedman had 3 goals in his return to the Kelowna lineup

Rockets feast on lowly Ams

Matthew Wedman celebrated his return to the lineup Wednesday with his second career hat-trick, leading the Kelowna Rockets to an 8-3 shellacking of the visiting Tri-City Americans.

The Americans came into the game with just one win in 11, and minus seven bodies due to injury.

Wedman, who missed the last three games after being injured in a 7-3 loss to Spokane at the end of January, took a turn on a line with Pavel Novak and Kyle Topping to start the game.

All three were flying all night, combining for 13 points on the night.

Wedman had an assist to go with his three goals, while Novak picked up a career-high goal and four helpers. Topping added a goal and three assist.

Defenceman Tyson Feist scored his first career Western Hockey League goal in his 99th game.

"After 99 games it starts to bother you a little bit, but I just try to take it off my mind and play," said Feist after receiving the traditional shaving cream pie treatment while assembled with the media.

"I just came down the wall, and I saw Wedman backdoor, and I passed it to him, but it went off a stick and went into the net. It was a pretty lucky goal, but I'll take it."

Head coach Adam Foote says it was nice to see Feist rewarded with a goal after all the work he has put in during, and after practice.

"He's put a lot of work in after practice with his hands, his stick work, shooting and passing," said Foote.

"He'll build a lot of confidence from that. He had a great pass off the pads to Topper who put it home. We work on that, and he's smart, tough and plays that hard-nosed defence for you."

The Ams, shut out in the previous two games, opened the scoring on the power play, but the Rockets took over from there.

Novak and Wedman put the Rockets ahead for good before the period ended.

Then, goals from Dillon Hamaliuk on a great individual rush, Topping and Wedman made it 5-1 during a dominating second period.

They put it away with three more in the third.

The Rockets outshot Tri-City 45-27 on the night.

The competition stiffens Saturday when the Red Deer Rebels come to town.

Nolan Foote and Devin Steffler are both expected to return from the injured list for that game.



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