Rockets douse Blazers in WHL season opener

Rourke Chartier scores twice Friday in win over hometown Kamloops

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Kamloops Blazers 5-2 in Kamloops on Friday night, opening up the 2013-14 Western Hockey League regular season with a convincing win.

Rourke Chartier had two goals and one assist to lead the Rockets, who outshot Kamloops 34-29. Jordon Cooke earned the win in net. Kamloops scored first in the game before the Rockets stormed back with three straight goals as Riley Stadel, Justin Kirkland and Chartier scored for Kelowna as the Rockets took a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period.

Kamloops forward Cole Ully made the score 3-2 in the second but Austin Glover and Chartier, into an empty-net, had third period goals for Kelowna. The Rockets were 1-for-6 on the power play and held Kamloops to 0-for-4.

Kelowna played without last year’s leading scorer Myles Bell, who was released back to Kelowna by New Jersey and is expected to arrive in Kelowna on Saturday. Damon Severson remains with the New Jersey Devils.

The two teams will go at it again on Saturday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna in the Rockets 2013-14 season opener.

Kelowna will raise the 2012-13 WHL BC Division banner prior to the game.

Just Posted

District of Peachland reviews cannabis regulations in Okanagan

Staff intend to build bylaws by tailoring regulations in neighbouring communities

Rollover on Dillworth Drive

A car accident has resulted in one car rolling onto its side

Okanagan short story contest winners to be annouced at Milkcrate Records

The public reading is free and open to the public

Duck rescue: Kelowna men save ducklings from storm drain

Local retirees saved some local ducks from certain death.

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Sunshine and clouds for Tuesday

Environment Canada is forecasting a mixed bag of conditions

An unconventional marriage: What’s age got to do with it?

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

Stamp club shares with Okanagan SPCA branch

Stampers donate funds to the South Okanagan Similkameen SPCA

Child, 11, accidentally shot in chest by 13-year-old in southern Alberta: RCMP

Child taken from Hutterite colony to nearby hospital Monday

Ceremonies, vigils planned in Toronto to honour victims of deadly van attack

Many of those who helped that day — first responders and Good Samaritans alike — still affected

Hergott: Avoiding collisions with cyclists

This is the last column in a four part series by Paul Hergott on motorists and cyclists in common collision scenarios.

Easter bombings a response to New Zealand attacks, says Sri Lanka minister

The Islamic State group asserted it was responsible for the nine bombings

PHOTOS: New commemorative loonie marks progress’ for LGBTQ2 people

But advocates say it mistakenly suggests equality has been achieved largely as a result of government actions

Two back-to-back earthquakes strike off Vancouver Island

The first earthquake happened at 1:27 p.m., the second at 2:44 p.m.

Man charged in fatal Salmon Arm church shooting to appear in court

Matrix Savage Gathergood charged with first degree murder, aggravated assault

Most Read