Adam Foote won his first four games as a WHL head coach.
Now, he’s on a four-game losing streak and his coaching record is back to .500 at 4-3-1-0 heading into the finale of the Kelowna Rockets’ six-game road trip tonight in Edmonton against the Oil Kings (13-7-1-2).
This, after the Rockets (8-13-1-0) were routed 7-0 in Red Deer on Friday, where the host Rebels (14-5-1-0) haven’t lost since a season-opening defeat to Edmonton on Sept. 22.
Red Deer improved to 8-1 at home and pulled into a tie for first place in the Central Division with Edmonton, which dropped a 3-2 shootout decision in Lethbridge last night.
At Red Deer, the Rockets trailed 2-0 and 4-0 at the period breaks, with the Rebels tacking on three more goals in the final frame.
James Porter started in goal for Kelowna, allowing four goals on 18 shots before being replaced by Roman Basran midway through the second period. Basran didn’t fare much better, surrendering three goals on 16 shots.
Ethan Anders stopped all 28 shots he faced for Red Deer, recording his second shutout of the season.
The Rebels got goals from seven different players in Brandon Hagel, Dallon Melin, Chris Douglas, Reese Johnson, Jeff de Wit, Alex Morozoff and Carson Sass. A half-dozen players enjoyed multi-point performances for Red Deer, including rookie import forward Oleg Zaytsev with two assists.
Friday was the lone meeting of the season between Kelowna and Red Deer, and that will also be the case for Kelowna and Edmonton tonight.
The Rockets, who started their road trip with a win over Seattle before losing twice to Portland, then to Prince George in overtime and now to Red Deer, will return home to host the Regina Pats on Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. at Prospera Place.