Merkley leads Rockets past Wheat Kings

Kelowna rebounds from loss Friday in Spokane with convincing effort Saturday against Brandon

Kelowna's Nick Merkley celebrates a second period goal against the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday in WHL action at Prospera Place.

Kelowna's Nick Merkley celebrates a second period goal against the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday in WHL action at Prospera Place.

Nick Merkley scored twice to lead the Kelowna Rockets past the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-1 in WHL action Saturday night at Prospera Place.

On the Rockets 4th Annual Teddy Bear Toss night in support of KGH, Merkley snapped a scoreless tie with a power play goal 6:54 into the middle frame, as bears rained down from the stands.

Merkley added another before the period was over to put the Rockets ahead 2-0 heading into the final 20 minutes, catapulting the Rockets onto the victory.

With the Rockets on a five-minute power play to begin the third, Jake Kryski capitalized to put the Rockets up 3-0.

The Wheat Kings were able to get on the board with just under seven minutes remaining but it wasn’t enough as the Rockets improved to 16-11-1-0 with the win.

Brodan Salmond earned the win in net, stopping 18 shots including a penalty shot in the third period.

Kelowna is back in action on Wednesday in its final game before the Christmas break, hosting Seattle before heading out on its pre-Christmas road trip.

 

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