The Rockets’ power-play faltered Friday night as the special teams unit couldn’t help Kelowna in a 4-1 loss to Kamloops.
In five man-advantages, the Rockets couldn’t find the back of the net as Kelowna’s power-play unit was out-played by the Blazers’ league-leading penalty-kill team. Matthew Wedman scored the Rockets’ lone goal and Kelowna will take on the Blazers again Saturday night in the second of back-to-back games.
Earlier on Friday marked the end of the Western Hockey League trade deadline. Kelowna made a few roster moves ahead of the deadline and had a mostly healthy roster, including the return of captain Nolan Foote, for the first time this year.
The Blazers ran off with Friday night’s win with a 3-0 lead to start, and Kelowna was unable to mount any comeback as the Rockets’ record moves to 21-16-1-2.
Roman Basran made 41 saves as the Rockets were out-shot 45-24.
Kelowna hosts Kamloops at Prospera Place at 7 p.m. tonight.
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