Kelowna Rockets forward Justin Kirkland cuts around Vancouver's Ty Ronning in WHL action Saturday at Prospera Place.

Rockets down Giants for third straight win

Tyson Baillie and Nick Merkley score twice each and Justin Kirkland adds three assist in 5-2 WHL victory Saturday at Prospera

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Vancouver Giants 5-2 on Saturday night at Prospera Place, as the Rockets won their third straight WHL game and second of the weekend.

Tyson Baillie and Nick Merkley each had two goals and an assist to lead the Rockets attack as Kelowna improved to 17-5-1-0 on the season.

The Rockets scored three times in the first period and made the score 4-0 after two periods before Vancouver came back in the third with a pair of goals. However the Giants could get no closer and an empty netter from Merkley sealed the win.

Calvin Thurkauf also scored for the Rockets, while Justin Kirkland had three assists for the second straight night

“That was a really good week for us,” Kirkland said of his team’s victories over Kamloops, Edmonton and Vancouver. “I was proud of how we came out, we showed our compete level every night, that was something we wanted to change, especially in front of our home crowd, we talked about it we really hadn’t given them our best, and I think they deserved that. I’m really happy with the way our week went.”

Jackson Whistle earned the win in net as Kelowna outshot Vancouver 32-24 in the game.

The Rockets are back in action on Wednesday when they play host to Seattle in another Hat Trick Wednesday game where fans can purchase a ticket, a pop and a hot dog for 19.99.


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