Justin Kirkland (left) and Cole Martin come to the defense of Kelowna Rockets' goaltender Jackson Whistle as the Swift Current Broncos attack the net in WHL action Tuesday night at Prospera Place.

Rockets blank Broncos for seventh straight win

Carter Rigby nets a pair and Jackson Whistle earns a shutout as Kelowna remains unbeaten this WHL season

Carter Rigby scored twice and Jackson Whistle stopped 18 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Kelowna Rockets downed the road-weary Swift Current Broncos 4-0 Tuesday in WHL action at Prospera Place.

At 7-0-0-0 the Rockets are the league’s only undefeated team.

Justin Kirkland got the Rockets off to a good start with his fourth goal of the season just 56 seconds into the opening period.

Whistle wasn’t overly busy against the Broncos who were playing their fifth games in eight nights, but the 19-year-old goaltender make key saves in both the second and third periods to keep Swift Current off the scoresheet.

Rigby scored midway through the second and third periods for his fourth and fifth goals of the season, before Cole LInaker rounded out the scoring with under five minutes to play in the third period. Austin Glover had a pair of assists on Rigby’s markers.

“After we got up on them 2-0 in the first,  they were probably anxious get back home, it’s been a long road trip,” said Rockets head coach Dan Lambert. “I’ve been there, we’ve certainly been there as a team, it’s not an easy game. I have to give our guys credit because sometimes you can fall asleep and next thing you know, you give up a couple of goals. You’ve got to be careful and I think our guys did a good job.”

The Rockets return to action Saturday when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes, a 7 p.m. face off at Prospera Place.

 

 

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