The Spokane Chiefs defeated the Kelowna Rockets 3-2 Friday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna.
A power play goal early in the third period by defenceman Brenden Kichton was the difference in the game as his blast from the point found its way into the net, giving Spokane a 3-2 lead. It was the only goal of the period and the Chiefs held on for the win.
After falling behind 1-0 after a lackluster first period, the Rockets came out much better in the second. Colton Sissons with his 15th of the season and Evan Bloodoff with his 17th gave the Rockets a 2-1 lead midway though the second period.
The Chiefs would tie the game at 2-2 on Levko Koper’s second of the night and the team’s would head to the dressing room knotted at 2-2. A late second period penalty on Kelowna would see Spokane open the third on the power play and Kichton would convert with the game winner.
The loss dropped the Rockets record to 32-24-0-1 heading into a Saturday night game against the Vancouver Giants in what will be another battle for first place between the two teams.
Game time Saturday night between the Rockets and Giants is 7:05 p.m. The Rockets will play five straight on the road following Saturday’s game.