The Kelowna Rockets extended both their winning and point streaks on Tuesday night with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings at Westoba Place in Manitoba.
For a second straight game, they needed a shootout for a bonus point (the Rockets also beat the Saskatoon Blades 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday). Matthew Wedman sealed the deal for the Rockets with the lone goal in the skills competition, while starter Roman Basran turned aside 33 shots en route to picking up his 13th victory of the season.
The Rockets have now won four straight games, including the first three of their six-game Prairie road swing. Kelowna has at least a point in their last nine games, the lone loss coming in the shootout against the Edmonton Oil Kings on Nov. 26.
Wedman opened the scoring while on the power play.
The 20-year-old tipped Pavel Novak’s sharp-angle shot into the net with 15 seconds left to play in the first period.
It was Wedman’s first goal for Kelowna since coming over from the Seattle Thunderbirds in a trade last Thursday.
Brandon answered in the middle frame with a power-play goal from Ridly Greig.
The two played a consecutive five minutes of whistle-free, three-on-three hockey in overtime.
In the shootout, the Wheat Kings shot first. Basran stopped Greig, Luka Burzan and Ty Thorpe.
Ethan Ernst and Novak missed for Kelowna, but Wedman finally solved Jiri Patera.
Brandon outshot Kelowna 34-23.
The Rockets went 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Wheat Kings were 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
Kelowna’s record jumps to 17-8-1-2, and the Rockets inch within two points of the Kamloops Blazers atop the B.C. Division.
The Blazers — also on the same six-game road trip, but playing these teams in reverse order — lost 5-4 to the Moose Jaw Warriors in overtime.
Kamloops drops to 18-9-2-1.
The Rockets’ road trip will continue tonight in Winnipeg against the Ice (17-11-1) at 5:30 p.m.
Tigers 11, Blades 3
SASKATOON — Cyle McNabb had three goals and an assist, and James Hamblin tacked on five helpers as the Medicine Hat Tigers downed the Saskatoon Blades 11-3 on Tuesday in Western Hockey League action.
Bryan Lockner and Lukas Svejkovsky added a pair of goals apiece to help Medicine Hat jump out to a 5-0 lead through 20 minutes.
Elijah Brown scored once and set up two more while Brett Kemp, Ryan Chyzowski and Daniel Baker rounded out the Tigers (21-8-1) offence with a goal and an assist each.
Chase Wouters struck twice and Jayden Wiens also scored for the Blades (14-14-3), who are on a three-game slide.
Garin Bjorklund made 20 saves for Medicine Hat. Nolan Maier allowed five goals on 12 shots in a period of work for Saskatoon before giving way to Koen MacInnes, who stopped 20-of-26 shots in relief.
WARRIORS 5 BLAZERS 4 (OT)
MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Brayden Tracey scored his second goal of the game 19 seconds into overtime as the Warriors beat Kamloops to halt their losing streak at nine games.
Adam Evanoff turned aside 48 shots while Owen Hardy also scored twice for Moose Jaw (10-16-1). Garrett Wright potted the other.
Josh Pillar had a pair of goals as Sean Strange and Ryan Hughes also hit the score sheet for the Blazers (18-9-3). Rayce Ramsay made 22 saves in defeat.
CHIEFS 4 THUNDERBIRDS 2
KENT, Wash. — Adam Beckman had two goals and an assist as Spokane downed Seattle to improve to 5-0-1 in its last six outings.
Arnold Campbell made 19 saves for the Chiefs (17-9-3), who also got goals from Eli Zummack and Michael King.
Tyrel Bauer and Matthew Rempe potted goals for the Thunderbirds (9-16-3). Roddy Ross stopped 27-of-30 shots in defeat.