Rockets Finish 2nd In WHL

After 72 regular season games, nothing separated the Kelowna Rockets and the Kootenay Ice.

Both teams concluded their regular seasons Saturday night. The Rockets fell 5-1 in Vancouver while the Ice were 3-1 winners at home to Spokane. The results leave the 2 teams tied atop the BC Division and overall Western Hockey League standings with 104 points. The Ice get the division title and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs by virtue of more wins, 47-45.

The Rockets needed just a single point in Vancouver Saturday to clinch first, but faded through the 2nd half of the game. Tyler Spurgeon scored on a power play late in the first period to give the Rockets a 1-0 lead. The Giants took over from there, scoring 2 in the middle frame and three more in the final period to win going away.

The Rockets and Giants will meet in round one of the WHL playoffs. Games one and two will be played next Friday and Saturday at Prospera Place. The Ice will face Kamloops in their opening round series.

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