Rockets blank Everett

The Kelowna Rockets power play certainly didn’t show any rust as the Rockets returned to action at Prospera Place on Tuesday night, defeating the Everett Silvertips.

The Rockets power play struck four times as Kelowna shutout Everett 4-0 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, kicking off a busy week on the right foot.

The Rockets improved to 20-15-0-0, leapfrogging Prince George into first place in the WHL B.C. Division after the Cougars lost to Chilliwack.

“We had a couple good days of practice,” said defenceman Zak Stebner on the AM 1150 post game show. “I thought we brought a lot of energy into the game. They took some penalties and we capitalized.”

Evan Bloodoff scored twice and added an assist while Geordie Wudrick and Shane McColgan also tallied for the Rockets.

Adam Brown was solid in net, turning aside 26 shots for his first shutout of the season and 16th win.

The Rockets opened the scoring on a first period power play. After a blast from the point by Kevin Smith hit Bulmer, the Minnesota draft pick slid the puck under a sprawling Silvertips goalie Kent Simpson. Bloodoff was waiting at the side of the net and tapped in the game’s first goal and his seventh of the season.

Bloodoff added his second of the game in the second period when he banged home his own rebound, scoring his eighth of the season.

Brown’s toughest test came in a short span in the second period when he turned aside Josh Birkholz on a breakaway, flashing his glove to snare a high shot. Then Brown stared down Scott MacDonald all alone in the slot, again using the trapper to shut the door.

Kelowna returns to action Thursday night against Kamloops at Prospera Place.

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