Kelowna Rockets’ goalie Roman Basran shutout the Medicine Hat Tigers Saturday at Prospera Place. -Image: Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze

Basran shuts out Tigers in first WHL start

16-year-old goaltender leads Kelowna to 4-0 win Saturday over Medicine Hat

It was a WHL debut to remember for Roman Basran.

In his first ever start, the 16-year-old netminder stopped all 38 shots in a 4-0 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers Saturday at Prospera Place.

Basran, a native of Delta, started the season with the B.C. Major Midget League’s Okanagan Rockets, but was called up when Brodan Salmond went down with an injury.

Basran was a third-round pick of the Rockets in the 2016 WHL bantam draft.

Basran saw his first action with Kelowna the previous week, playing the last 39 minutes and giving up two goals on 19 shots in a 6-1 loss to Vancouver.

Another rookie, Liam Kindree got things started for Kelowna 1:17 into the middle frame with his fourth of the season.

Dillon Dube extended Kelowna’s lead at 14:41 with his 14th goal, then with 53.6 seconds to play in the second period Carsen Twarynski notched his 15th and the Rockets’ fourth shorthanded goal of the season to make it 3-0.

James Hilsendager’s point shot found its way through traffic to give the Rockets a 4-0 cushion 1:16 in to the third.

Kelowna enjoyed multi-point evenings from Carsen Twarynski(1G, 2A), Dillon Dube(1G,1A), Liam Kindree(1G, 1A), and Kaedan Korczak(2A).

The Rockets, who play host to Prince George Wednesday, improve to 14-8-2-1.

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