Rockets forward Nick Merkley battles Victoria's Marsel Ibragimov in WHL action Saturday at Prospera Place.

Rockets hold off Royals

Kelowna ends two games losing streak with home-ice victory on Saturday

Dillon Dube scored twice, including the game winner, as the Kelowna Rockets defeated the Victoria Royals 5-4 in WHL action Saturday night at Prospera Place.

Nick Merkley added a goal and two assists for the Rockets, who ended a two-game slump and were playing their fifth game in seven days.

Kole Lind and Justin Kirkland, with a shorthanded marker, built up a 4-1 lead before the Royals rallied to make a game of it in the third.

Michael Herringer earned the win in net with 29 saves as the Rockets pushed their league-leading record to 28-10-2-0.


The Rockets are now idle until next weekend when they will play home games Friday and Saturday nights at Prospera Place against Everett Friday and Tri-City Saturday.


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