The Kelowna Rockets four-game win streak was snapped by the Winnipeg Ice in a 3-1 loss on Wednesday night at Wayne Fleming Arena in Winnipeg.
Jake Lee scored the lone goal for the Rockets in the losing effort.
The Ice (18-11-1) opened the scoring 17:16 into the second period. Connor McClennon’s sharp-angled shot beat Kelowna’s Cole Schwebius.
McClennon extended the lead with his second of the night early in the third period. Jakin Smallwood made it a three-goal game just past the midway point. Two minutes later, defenceman Jake Lee put the Rockets (17-9-1-2) on the board with his third of the season.
Schwebius stopped 23 shots, and his record drops to 4-4. Kelowna outshot Winnipeg 33-27.
The Rockets went 0 for 4 on the power play, while the Ice were 0 for 5 with the man advantage.
The Rockets were without forwards Nolan Foote (WJC Selection Camp) and Dillon Hamaliuk (illness).
Hamaliuk has been diagnosed with a virus and is out indefinitely.
“He’s under the care of team doctors, who have shut him down to give him time to recover,” said Rockets president and general manager Bruce Hamilton.
Hamilton also provided injury updates on Kyle Topping (lower body) and Liam Kindree (upper body).
“Liam has been undergoing rehab and has resumed skating this week. Kyle’s also undergoing rehab, and he's progressing well.”
Kelowna will be back in action against the Regina Pats on Friday night as they head into the final stretch of their Prairie road trip.
They’re to play the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday before returning home Dec. 18 to play the Vancouver Giants.
Chyzowski’s 4 goals lead Tigers over Raiders
PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Ryan Chyzowski scored three consecutive goals in the third and finished with four total to power the Medicine Hat Tigers to an 8-4 win over the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday.
Brett Kemp had a pair of goals for Medicine Hat (22-8-1), and Cole Sillinger added a goal and four assists.
Spencer Moe led the Raiders (19-7-4) with two goals. Brayden Watts and Kaiden Guhle had the others.
Tigers goaltender Garin Bjorklund made 31 saves.
Boston Bilous started in net for Price Albert, allowing six goals on 30 shots through 46:51. Carter Serhyenko stopped 6-of-8 attempts the rest of the way.
Medicine Hat was 3 for 4 on the power play while the Raiders were 1 for 3 with the man advantage.
BLAZERS 4, PATS 2
REGINA — Orrin Centazzo scored twice and Zane Franklin had three assists as Kamloops (19-9-3) doubled up the Pats (7-18-3).
OIL KINGS 3, BRONCOS 1
EDMONTON — Riley Sawchuck had a goal and an assist and Todd Scott made just 15 saves as the Oil Kings (20-6-7) handed Swift Current (6-20-3) its seventh loss in a row.
HURRICANES 4, REBELS 2
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Bryan Thomson stopped 30 shots and Justin Hall scored one goal and set up two more to lead the Hurricanes (19-9-5) over Red Deer (10-17-3).
Juniors 4, U Sports 3
Kelowna Rockets captain Nolan Foote scored and Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants broke open a tie game with 13 minutes to go and Canada’s world junior team hopefuls beat the U Sports all-stars 4-3 on Wednesday.
Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s) and Dawson Mercer (Drummondville Voltigeurs) also scored for Canada, which was outshot 27-21 by the university side. Foote also scored a shootout goal. Hockey Canada added a shootout to the end of the game as practice.
Coldstream’s Cole Sanford, who now plays for University of Alberta Golden Bears, was part of the U Sports all-stars.