By Ryan Huska’s assessment, his team played far below its potential two nights in a row.
Still, both efforts were good enough for the Kelowna Rockets to earn a home-and-home sweep of the rival and last-place Kamloops Blazers.
Jackson Whistle stopped six shots in overtime, then three more in the shootout to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 3-2 win over Kamloops Saturday at Prospera Place.
The Rockets, who also escaped with a 3-2 win Friday in Kamloops, didn’t garner much praise from their head coach.
“We won ugly,” Huska said of both wins. “We’re not overly pleased, we didn’t play the way were capable of. In the end, we got the four points but it’s not the way we wanted to do it.”
Whistle stopped 35 shots Saturday as the Rockets won for the 11th time in 12 games and pushed their record to 19-3-0-2.
Justin Kirkland scored the only goal of the shootout, beating Blazers’ netminder Taran Kozun.
Kirkland and Ryan Olsen scored in regulation for Kelowna, while Tyson Ness and Matt Needham countered for the Blazers.
The Rockets return to action Tuesday night when they host the Vancouver Giants.