The Kelowna Rockets scored twice in the third period and three times in the second to defeat the Saskatoon Blades 6-3 at Prospera Place in Kelowna on Saturday night.
Mitchell Callahan and Damon Severson scored third period markers to put the game out of reach as Kelowna bounced back from a loss on Friday night in Chilliwack with a sound victory over the Blades, the Eastern Conference’s top team.
The second period turned out to be the difference. With Saskatoon holding a 2-1 lead, Kelowna scored three times in the second period, including two in a span of 18 seconds, to turn the tide.
The Rockets scored two goals in 18 seconds of the second period to take a 4-2 lead.
Kelowna’s Shane McColgan tied the game 2-2 with his eighth goal of the year at 13:00 of the second period. Zach Franko made a nice play on the goal, holding onto the puck near the Blades blueline before backhanding a pass to McColgan in front of the net.
Geordie Wudrick put the Rockets up 3-2 on a power play when he spun out of the corner and back-handed a shot into the net for his 13th of the season. Evan Bloodoff then raced down the wing and fired a wrist shot that beat goalie Adam Morisson to make it 4-2. It was Bloodoff’s fourth goal of the season.
After Kelowna opened the scoring in the first period, the Blades took a 2-1 lead to the dressing room after the first period.
Colton Sissons opened the scoring for the Rockets five minutes into the first period. After Brett Bulmer rushed the puck up ice, Sissons skated onto a loose puck in the slot then followed up and banged home his rebound. For Sissons it was his fifth of the season.
Darian Dziurzynski and Stefan Elliott scored for Saskatoon in the first period. Chirs Collins scored in the third.
Adam Brown, the WHL goaltender of the month for November, was back in the Kelowna net after wathcing Jordan Cooke play Friday night. Brown sprawled to make a great save midway in the first period, kicking out his pad and stopping the Blades’ Josh Nicholls who appeared to have the open net. Later in the third period he stopped Collins on a chance in front to keep the score 5-3.
Kelowna next plays on Wednesday against Swift Current at Prospera Place. Its the final home game before Christmas for Kelowna, who heads out on a five game road trip next weekend.
Kelowna – Adam Brown
Saskatoon – Adam Morrison