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Rockets dust Royals for 22nd straight home ice win

Kelowna Rockets forward Tyrell Goulbourne celebrates his first-period goal against the Victoria Royals in WHL action Thursday at Prospera Place - Marissa Baecker/Contributor
Kelowna Rockets forward Tyrell Goulbourne celebrates his first-period goal against the Victoria Royals in WHL action Thursday at Prospera Place
— image credit: Marissa Baecker/Contributor

Like every other visitor to Prospera Place over the last 3 1/2 months, the Victoria Royals simply had no answer for the Kelowna Rockets.

Tyson Baillie scored twice and goaltender Jordon Cooke stopped 28 shots Thursday as the Rockets drubbed the Royals 6-1 for their club-record 22nd consecutive victory on home ice.

Kelowna now shares the third longest home winning streak in Western Hockey League history with the 1984-85 Medicine Hat Tigers.

Kelowna is just two wins shy of the franchise record of 24 straight wins set by the 1992-93 Tacoma Rockets.

The 1993-94 Kamloops Blazers hold the all-time mark for consecutive home wins in the same season with 29.

The Rockets jumped on the Royals early, scoring three times before the game was 15 minutes old.

The highlight of the opening frame came at the 14:40 mark when Tyrell Goulbourne blew past a Royals' defender, then deposited the puck behind Patrick Polivka in the Victoria net for his seventh goal of the season.

Zach Franko, Colton Sissons and Jesse Lees also scored for the Rockets who are 15-0-2 in their last 17 games and 23-2 at home this season.

Jamie Crooks scored the Royals lone marker in the second period.

The Rockets (38-10-3-1) will battle the last-place Vancouver Giants in a home-and-home set this weekend. The teams will meet Friday in Vancouver and Saturday in Kelowna.

 

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