KAMLOOPS — Orrin Centazzo scored twice and Zane Franklin had three assists as the Kamloops Blazers toppled the Kelowna Rockets 5-2 on Monday in Western Hockey League action.
Connor Zary, Matthew Seminoff and Ryley Appelt also scored for the Blazers (13-6-0), who are on a four-game winning streak.
Nolan Foote and Mark Liwiski found the back of the net for the Rockets (9-8-2), who are on a four-game slide.
Dylan Garand kicked out 25 shots for Kamloops.
Cole Schwebius allowed two goals on 19 shots in 32:42 of action before giving way to Roman Basran, who made 11 saves in relief to take the loss for Kelowna.
Kamloops went 2 for 9 on the power play while the Rockets were 0 for 5 with the man advantage.
Kelowna winger Pavel Novak was given a major and game misconduct for checking from behind at 18:26 of the second period.
The Rockets will do all they can to forget a disastrous second period on Remembrance Day. Kamloops scored three goals in the middle frame to cement the win.
With a Rocket sitting in the penalty box, Centazzo was standing at the backdoor to beat Rockets starter Cole Schwebius, and the Blazers led 1-0 after 20 minutes.
Seminoff scored his first goal of the season, charging down the right wing during four-on-four hockey to extend the Blazer lead to 2-0 early in the second period.
Foote brought the Rockets within one when he tipped Kaedan Korczak’s beautiful cross-ice pass past netminder Garand.
Following the Rockets’ goal, Basran replaced Schwebius in net for Kelowna. Zary and Appelt wasted no time in roughing him up, and scored 54 seconds apart to put Kamloops up 4-1.
Zary, on the right wing, cut inside Kelowna defenceman Carson Sass and snapped home a goal from the slot.
Kyrell Sopotyk charged at two defencemen, and forced Basran into a poke check from his belly. Appelt followed up the play and was alone to bang the rebound into the empty net.
Before the end of the period, Novak was given a five minute major and a game misconduct for the check from behind.
He may face additional punishment from the league.
With the power play carrying over into the third, Centazzo netted his second of the game when he converted a one-timer from the slot.
Liwiski made a power move to the Blazers net from the right wing. A Blazer defenceman tried to take him out and they all crashed into the goal.
Referees reviewed the play and deemed it a good goal despite the net coming off its moorings.
The Rockets record is now 9-8-1-1, six points back of the first-place Blazers.
The Blazers outshot the Rockets 33-27.
Foote, Dillon Hamaliuk and Korczak will now depart to play for Team WHL at 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series on Wednesday and Thursday in Saskatoon and Prince Albert, Sask.
The Rockets will be back in action this Saturday when they host the Blazers (13-6).
It was a gruelling weekend for Kelowna.
After the Rockets lost 8-5 to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night at home, they boarded a bus to face the Chiefs in Spokane.
Chiefs 6, Rockets 1
Filip Kral scored the game-winning goal for the Chiefs as they downed the Rockets 6-1.
Luke Toporowski, Jack Finley, Bobby Russell, Noah King and Bear Hughes also scored for the Chiefs (8-7-2) while Liwiski scored for the Rockets.
Lukas Parik stopped 22 shots for Spokane and Schwebius kicked out 49 for Kelowna.
The Rockets were without Foote, who was hit with a one-game suspension for a check to the head Friday night against Medicine Hat.
Liwiski opened the scoring 5:19 into the game, putting the Rockets up 1-0 on a smart play to steal a back pass, charge in alone and beat Parik.
That only seemed to wake up the Chiefs, who scored four minutes later to tie it 1-1 after the first period, and then 40 seconds into the second. They never looked back, outshooting the Rockets 55-23 overall and scoring once on seven power-play chances.
Kelowna was scoreless in three extra-man opportunities. Toporowski beat Schwebius to tie up the game just before the midway point of the first period.
Král gave the Chiefs their lead of the night 40 seconds into the second period. It appeared as the Rockets had tied the game after the puck had entered the Spokane net, but Dallon Wilton made contact with the goaltender and it was waved off.
Mofford sent to Warriors
The Rockets re-assigned forward Deegan Mofford to the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL on Monday. The Rocky Mountain, Alta., product appeared in two games for the Rockets this season.