The Kamloops Blazers continue to have the Kelowna Rockets’ number, after shutting out their rivals on their home ice on Saturday.
The Rockets travelled to the Sandman Centre for a 7 p.m. puck drop, just one day after falling in a shootout at Prospera Place 3-2, their third loss in a row and all to the Blazers.
Kamloops continued where they left off, jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead before the first intermission. Special teams played a main role in the three-goal advantage, scoring both on the powerplay and while shorthanded in the first period.
Blazers captain Logan Stankoven put the game away for good with just under a minute to go in the game, for a final score of 4-0.
Despite the lopsided score, the penalty boxes on both sides were occupied throughout much of the matchup, with a trio of fights and 64 total penalty minutes.
The four losses in a row represent an anomaly for the Rockets (34-16-1-5) recently, whose stellar play in the new year secured them a spot in the WHL postseason early. They remain in fifth place in the Western Conference, four points behind the Seattle Thunderbirds and a whopping 24 points up on the sixth-place Vancouver Giants.
The Rockets return to action tomorrow (March 22) against the Victoria Royals (19-34-5-1), who are still in the hunt to secure a ticket to the playoffs.