Kelowna Rockets forward Justin Kirkland gets in close for a scoring chance against Medicine Hat's Nick Schneider in WHL action Saturday at Prospera Place.

Rockets blank Tigers for fourth straight win

Rookie Braydyn Chizen scores his first WHL goal in Kelowna's win Saturday

  • Sun Jan 24th, 2016 4:00pm
  • Sports

Rookie Braydyn Chizen scored his first goal and added an assist, and Michael Herringer picked up the shutout as the Kelowna Rockets downed the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-0 in WHL action Saturday at Prospera Place.

Justin Kirkland added a goal and an assist in the Rockets’ fourth straight win, and the third win a row during their current home stand.

Chizen, a 6-foot-6 defenceman from St. Albert, AB, opened the scoring just over five minutes into the game, snapping a low shot past Tigers’ goalie Nick Schneider.

Chizen later tallied his first career assist on Tyson Baillie’s 28th goal of the season.

“The bench just lit up when he scored, it was great to see him get his first and he continues to improve every game,” Rockets head coach Brad Ralph said of Chizen. “He played really well throughout the course of 60 minutes, he played a lot of minutes, which is a real good sign for his development…”

Calvin Thurkauf rounded out the scoring for the Rockets, while Herringer stopped 16 shots for his first shutout of the season.

The Rockets (33-11-3-0) return to action Friday night when they host the Portland Winterhawks.