Rockets close out regular season with win over Giants

Kelowna earns weekend sweep of Vancouver, gets set for first round matchup with Tri-City

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Vancouver Giants 5-2 on Saturday night at Prospera Place, winning their 53rd game in front of a sold out crowd to close the WHL regular season.

The Rockets finished the season at 53-13-5-1, winning 50 games for the third straight year and claiming the WHL BC Division title as well as finishing in top spot in the Western Conference and second overall in the WHL.

The Rockets will now play the Tri-City Americans in the first round of the WHL Playoffs beginning next Friday and Saturday in Kelowna.

Leon Draisaitl led the offensive attack as the Rockets came out and jumped over Vancouver with three goals in the first period.

Draisaitl had two goals and an assist while 20-year-olds Tyrell Goulbourne and Cole Martin also scored in their final regualr season games with the Rockets.

Cole Linaker also scored and Gage Quinney had four helpers on the night as the Rockets outshot Vancouver 44-23.

The Rockets are just the third WHL team and fourth across the Canadian Hockey League to win at least 50 games for three years running.

Here are the dates for the first round WHL playoff series between the Kelowna Rockets and the Tri-City Americans:

Game 1—Tri-City @ Kelowna March 27

Game 2—Tri-City @ Kelowna March 28

Game 3—Kelowna @ Tri-City March 31

Game 4—Kelowna @ Tri-City April 1

Game 5—Tri-City @ Kelowna April 3 (if necessary)

Game 6—Kelowna @ Tri-City April 4 (if necessary)

Game 7—Tri-City @ Kelowna April 7 (if necessary)



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