The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Vancouver Giants 6-3 Saturday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna, leading from start to finish and moving into first place in the WHL BC division.
The Rockets led 2-0 after the first period, 3-1 after two and 4-1 early in the third period before Vancouver scored twice to make it 4-3. But the Rockets power play would make the difference as Kelowna struck for two quick goals with the man advantage midway through the third to restore its three goal lead and cruise to victory.
Zach Franko scored the prettiest goal of the night on a three-way passing play, converting a cross-crease pass from Shane McColgan and firing his 16th goal of the season into the top corner. Thirty-nine seconds later Mitchell Callahan potted his 20th of the season to give Kelowna a 6-3 lead.
Evan Bloodoff, who scored twice in the first period, Geordie Wudrick and Spencer Main also scored for Kelowna. David Musil, Dalton Sward and Michael Burns scored for Vancouver.
Rockets goalie Adam Brown was solid in net earning his 27th win of the season and facing 30 Vancouver shots while Mark Segal took the loss for Vancouver.
The Rockets and Giants are once again tied with the same amount of points in the BC division. The Rockets though have two more wins and sit first in the division.
Following tonight’s game in Kelowna the Rockets will hit the road for five straight games playing in Kootenay, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Calgary and Kamloops before returning home to host Chilliwack on March 4.