The Kelowna Rockets power play carried the team to a 7-0 victory over the Prince George Cougars on Sunday afternoon at Prospera Place.
Kelowna’s power play went 4-for-9 as the Rockets soared to their second victory of the preseason. The Rockets got on the board 2:15 into the game when Michael Farren fed the puck out front to Deegan Mofford, who was standing on the doorstep.
With a Rocket and a Cougar sitting in the penalty box, Prince George was called for another penalty, and Kyle Crosbie was able to capitalize on the four on three power play when the puck came off the backboards right onto his stick.
Mark Liwiski extended the Rockets lead by three with another power-play marker just before the end of the first.
Michael Farren snapped home a power-play wrister to the blocker side to give the Rockets a 4-0 lead 1:19 into the second period.
The Rockets found themselves in penalty trouble when Liwiski was called for kneeing while Cole Carrier was already in the box. Kelowna was able to kill off the 1:06 five-on-three penalty. Kelowna’s offence then exploded.
Crosbie picked up his second of the night while on the power play, and Ethan Ernst and Dallon Wilton chipped in goals minutes apart to make it 7-0 for the Rockets.
Kelowna played defensively throughout the third period to maintain their seven-goal lead and preserve Cole Schwebius’s shutout.
Schwebius turned aside all 21 shots he faced. The Rockets outshot the Cougars 42-21.
Silvertips 1, Rockets 0
The Kelowna Rockets fell 1-0 to the Everett Silvertips on Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre.
Many fresh faces were in the lineup again for the Rockets as seven players are away at NHL rookie camps or tournaments. John Babcock, 15, had the chance to once again suit up again for Kelowna, but this time he was able to play in front of his hometown crowd.
Aidan Sutter opened the scoring when he beat Rockets starter Roman Basran just before the midway point of the opening frame.
Basran stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced while Cole Tisdale turned aside all nine fired on him. Everett outshot Kelowna 25-24.
Kelowna is now 2-2 in preseason action.
The Rockets will face the Kamloops Blazers on the road Friday. They’ll return home the next night to host the Blazers for their final preseason game.