Kelowna Rockets forward Tate Coughlin celebrates a goal against the Spokane Chiefs in WHL action Saturday at Prospera Place.

Rockets notch 50th win of WHL season

Kelowna beats Spokane Saturday to reach 50-victory plateau for third straight year

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Spokane Chiefs 5-2 on Saturday night at Prospera Place for their 50th win of the WHL season.

It’s the third straight season the Rockets have won at least 50 games after winning 57 last season and 52 a year before. Kelowna is just the third WHL club and fourth in the CHL to win 50 or more games in three straight years.

Nick Merkley, Chance Braid and Cole Martin each had a goal and an assist to lead the Rockets attack while Tate Coughlin and Tyrell Goulbourne also scored for the Rockets.

Kelowna controlled much of the game, outshooting Spokane 38-20 with Jackson Whistle earning the win in net.

Kelowna joins elite company in winning at least 50 in three straight years. Only Kamloops and Edmonton have recorded three straight 50 win campaigns in the WHL. The Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL have also pulled off the feat.

The Rockets are back in action on Wednesday at Prospera Place when they welcome BC Division rival Victoria for the final meeting of the season between the two teams.

 

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