Eleven goals on just 29 shots. The Kelowna Rockets were both explosive and efficient in blowing past the Kamloops Blazers 11-4 in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night at Prospera Place.
Tomas Soustal scored two goals and added two assists for the Rockets who have won all eight games in their continued domination of the Blazers this season.
For Soustal, the game’s first star, it was the Czech-born rookie’s best outing as a Rocket.
“Eleven goals…it’s a good game for everybody and a special game for me,” said Soustal, who played on a line with Leon Draisiatl and Riley Stadel.
Rourke Chartier, with his league-leading 45th and 46th, and Josh Morrissey scored twice each for the Rockets, while rookie defenceman Lucas Johansen tallied his first WHL goal at 15:27 of the opening period.
“Fifty games I think it’s been, so it’s nice,” said Johansen. “We always talk about it in the room, they always bug me so it was nice to finally get it.”
The Rockets, who were in control from the opening face off, roared out to a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes and led 7-2 after two periods.
The Blazers notched a couple of early third period markers to cut the deficit to three, prompting Rockets head coach Dan Lambert to call a time out.
Kelowna responded soon after with two goals in a 10 second span—one each by Soustal and Chartier—to effectively put the game on ice.
All but one player registered a point on Wednesday for the Rockets, who have scored 24 goals in their last three games.
“Our offense is starting to come and show some signs of real good things,” Lambert said. “It was one of those nights where everything came together and we capitalized on our chances. We scored some real nice goals, obviously you don’t want to give up as many as we did, but sometimes when you get up that happens. It was a good night.”
With the win, the Rockets (45-9-3-1) pull two points ahead of Brandon for the overall lead in the WHL standings.
The Rockets take to the road this weekend as they visit the Victoria Royals on Friday and Saturday nights.