It may have been BC Family Day at Prospera Place in Kelowna, but it was Tyrell Goulbourne night on the ice.
Goulbourne, the scrappy Rockets forward, had two goals and an assist as well as an energizing scrap late in the game to lead the Rockets to a 7-3 win over Seattle.
Goulbourne was flying all night long in leading the Rockets back into the win column after two losses, as the Rockets improved to a WHL-best 44-8-0-4 on the season.
“He was our best player and it started right from his first shift,” said Rockets head coach Ryan Huska on the AM1150 post game show. “When he plays like that he is a tough player to handle.”
With the game getting chippy late in the third and the win well at hand, Goulbourne dropped the gloves with 6-foot-6 Seattle defenceman Jared Hauf in a one-sided tilt that ended with Goulbourne throwing his hands in the air and bringing 5,237 fans to their feet in Kelowna.
Myles Bell had his team leading 37th goal of the season and Ryan Olsen scored his 26th while other markers came from Marek Tvrdon, Colton Heffley and Nick Merkley.
Madison Bowey and Damon Severson each had a pair of assists.
Plenty of young children were able to attend the game on the BC Family Day holiday as the Rockets had bouncy castles, face-painting and clowns out in full force for families to take in a Rockets game.
“We thought it would be fun to do something for families on Family Day,” said Rockets marketing director Anne-Marie Hamilton. “We wanted to make it not just a hockey game but let kids who normally can’t come experience the hockey game and have a good time here at our rink.”
The Rockets are right back into action on Wednesday as they will head to Spokane to take on the Chiefs before returning to Prospera Place on Friday to host the Prince George Cougars.
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