On a night when the Kelowna Rockets were short-staffed and didn’t bring their best effort, Kole Lind took care of business.
The 17-year-old rookie forward scored all three goals to lead the Rockets to a 3-2 win over the Kamloops Blazers in WHL action on Monday night at Prospera Place.
Goaltender Michael Herringer matched Lind’s effort with 37 saves in the Rockets’ ninth straight win on home ice.
Lind, who has four goals and six points in Kelowna’s last three games, drew praise from his head coach.
“Over the last six, seven games here he’s been our best player,” said Kelowna head coach Brad Ralph. “He’s skating well, he looks powerful on the ice, he’s got great puck possession skills, he’s hard on pucks. We’re seeing his offensive upside right now.”
The win completed a home-and-home sweep for the Rockets who edged the Blazers 2-1 on Sunday in Kamloops.
The Rockets have won back-to-back games without a handful of key forwards. Rourke Chartier, Tomas Soustal and Calvin Thurkauf are at the world junior hockey championship in Finland.
Rodney Southam is sidelined with injury, while Justin Kirkland sat out Monday’s game after a checking from behind penalty on Sunday in Kamloops.
Tyson Baillie had two assists in the win and leads the WHL in scoring with 61 points.
The Rockets (27-9-1-0) will host the Everett Silvertips on Wednesday night.