Kelowna Rockets defenceman Braydyn Chizen battles Scott Wahlford (left) and Dante Hannoun of the Victoria Royals in WHL action Monday at Prospera Place. -Image: Warren Henderson /Capital News

Rockets edge Royals to regain top spot in B.C. Division

Kelowna bounces back from two weekend losses to Victoria with 5-4 win Monday at Prospera Place

For one day the Kelowna Rockets, were supplanted from the driver’s seat in the WHL’s BC Division by the rival Victoria Royals.

On Monday afternoon, with no love lost between the clubs, the Rockets took top spot right back from the Royals with a 5-4 victory over Victoria at Prospera Place.

Kole Lind had two goals and an assist and Dillon Dube had three points as the Rockets rebounded from back-to-back losses to the hometown Royals on Friday and Saturday.

Kelowna (34-17-4-1) leads Victoria (34-20-3-1) by one point with the Rockets holding two games in hand.

“Obviously it’s good for the group to bounce back after a couple of disappointing games in Victoria,” said Rockets head coach Jason Smith. “We played a pretty solid game, did some good things, I think the game was really competitive.”

Still, the win may have come with a cost for the Rockets who lost both Lind and netminder James Porter to injury.

Midway in the second period, Lind left the game and didn’t return after taking a hit from Royals defenceman Ralph Jarratt.

Lind, who was down on the ice for several minutes, appeared dazed had to be helped off to the Rockets dressing room.

“Kole’s an elite player and he’s been really good for us the the whole year,” Smith said of the injury to Lind. “It’s tough for your lineup when you lose a guy like him.

“I don’t really have any comment on the hit because the league will look at that and there might be decisions on what they thought, whether it was a clean hit or non-clean hit,” said of the check delivered by Jarratt. “It was a physical game with lots of pace. I think it was a little marginal because I think his feet were in the air…other than that, it’s hockey.”

Porter left the game with 8:40 left in the third period after Dube checked a hard-charging Igor Martinov into the net on top of the Kelowna goaltender. Smith didn’t have an immediate update on the status of either Porter or Lind.

Brodan Salmond replaced Porter in the Kelowna and needed to make just one save the rest of the way, preserving the Rockets’ one goal lead.

Porter had just returned to the lineup Friday night after being sidelined since Jan. 13 with an upper body injury.

Dube finished with a goal and two assists, while Carsen Twarynski, with his team-leading 34th, and Gordie Ballhorn also scored for the Rockets.

The Royals won both games in Victoria, 6-1 Friday and 4-3 in overtime on Saturday.

The Rockets return to action Wednesday night when they host the Red Deer Rebels. Face off at Prospera Place is 7:05 p.m.

To report a typo, email:



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Kangaroo Creek Farm hops into season

Lake Country’s popular tourist site has opened its doors for the season

Rain on the way for the Okanagan-Shuswap

Vernon’s dust warning is ongoing

Four people displaced by Taylor Road fire

The Kelowna Fire Department say no one was injured and the cause of the fire is not suspicious

Kelowna patios ready for spring

Check out some local patios that are coming out with the sun

Kelowna golf course ready and open for spring business

Two Eagles Golf Course opened Saturday, more to come

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Kootnekoff: R v. Sidhu, was he asleep?

Driver in Humboldt crash wasn’t distracted at time of collision with bus,… Continue reading

Trudeau calls May 6 byelection for B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith

The riding opened up when Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January

B.C. VIEWS: The hijacking of our education system gathers speed

Children taught to strike and shout fringe far-left demands

Judges on Twitter? Ethical guidance for those on the bench under review

Canadian judges involvement in community life are among issues under review

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

Okanagan woman launches sewing studio

“I know there’s a lot of people up and down the valley that would love to sew.”

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

Letter: Stop raising the minimum wage

To the editor: The government is looking for ways to put more… Continue reading

Most Read