The Medicine Hat Tigers defeated the Kelowna Rockets 5-2 Saturday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna as the Rockets split two games this weekend.
Tyson Barrie and Mitchell Callahan scored for the Rockets who never led in the game, trailing 1-0 after the first period and 3-2 after two before allowing two third period markers to suffer the loss.
The Tigers had a 2-0 lead in the second period before Tyson Barrie struck for Kelowna midway though the period. Barrie took a pass near centre and raced wide around the Medicine Hat defenceman, cut to the net and made a neat move to his forehand, tucking the puck high into the net.
Tigers forward Linden Vey would make the score 3-1 before Callahan scored his 17th, jumping on a rebound and firing the puck off the post and in, cutting the Tigers lead to 3-2.
Kelowna could get no closer in the third period however. Wacey Hamilton made the score 4-2 for the Tigers after a long stretch of play in the Kelowna zone and Vey would add the empty netter to seal the victory for Medicine Hat.
Emerson Etem and Tyler Pitlick also scored for the Tigers, who outshot Kelowna 30-29 in the game.
The Kelowna loss came on the heels of Friday night’s 5-3 win over Portland and drops the Rockets record to 23-20-0-0.
The Rockets will host Prince George on Wednesday night at Prospera Place before heading out on a three game road trip next weekend to Seattle, Spokane and Tri-City.
The Andres Audiotronics Hardest Working Rockets player was handed to Cody Chikie prior to tonight’s game
Kelowna – Adam Brown
Medicine Hat – Tyler Bunz
Kelowna – Jason Siebert, Max Adolph, MacKenzie Johnston, Colton Heffley
Medicine Hat – Jace Coyle, Sam Dezman, Alex Theriau, (Tyler Pitlick or Boston Leier)