Trailing 3-0 after just eight minutes of play, the Kelowna Rockets’ unbeaten start to the Western Hockey League season looked to be in jeopardy.
But on a night when anything seemed possible at Prospera Place, the Rockets rallied for a 7-5 win Wednesday over the visiting Vancouver Giants for their fourth straight victory—and one of the best starts in team history.
Nine of the 12 goals were scored on special teams, with each club notching three power play markers.
Captain Madison Bowey scored twice for the Rockets, both shorthanded markers—the last into an empty net—and added three assists for a five-point night.
Giants’ captain Dalton Sward also scored shorthanded, as the Giants lead 3-0 after 20 minutes against a lethargic-looking Rockets team.
It wasn’t exactly the kind of start that inspired the praise of Rockets’ head coach Dan Lambert.
“We thought it was going to be an easy night,” said Lambert. “Obviously they were here on business, they wanted to make statement, which they certainly did in the first period and we stood and watched. I thought once we started skating a little bit in the second things got better.”
The Rockets answered with three second-period goals and three more in the third for a 6-3 lead, before Vancouver made the proceedings interesting with a pair of PP goals from Jackson Houck late in the third period.
Nick Merkley and Rourke Chartier each had a goal and as assist for the Rockets who have outscored their opponents 28-10 in four games this season.
The Rockets will head south this weekend as they take on the Silvertips in Everett Friday, followed by a trip to Kent, WA to take on the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday.
Kelowna’s next home action is Tuesday night against the Swift Current Broncos.