November 2, 2012, Kelowna, BC – The Kelowna Rockets handed the Kamloops Blazers its first regulation loss of the Western Hockey League season on Thursday night in Kelowna with a solid 3-0 victory over the Blazers, snapping Kamloops’ 14 game winning streak.
Tyrell Goulbourne turned in a first star performance while Cody Fowlie scored his first two goals as a Rocket as Kelowna continued its solid play of late, limiting the Blazers to just 19 shots on net.
Jordon Cooke earned the shut-out, his third of the season, as the Rockets improved its record to 9-6-1-1 with its second win in a row.
The first period was scoreless with both teams getting a few chances aside. The Blazers, who were playing their fifth game in seven nights, hit a post and a crossbar in the period as Matt Needham’s shot hit the post and Jordan DePape’s backhand glanced off the crossbar. The Blazers took a blow losing 19-year-old defenseman Sam Grist to an injury and were stuck with five defenders the rest of the way. The shots were tied 8-8 in the period.
In the second period, the Rockets had a bit more jump but Cole Cheveldave was sharp on goal. The Rockets struck first as Tyrell Goulbournce came streaking down the wing and he tucked one upstairs shortside on Cheveldave for a 1-0 lead at 12:38 of the period. The Blazers had a late power play and a fury of chances. Tim Bozon and JC Lipon had point blank chances that were either blocked by a defender or turn aside by Cooke.
The Blazers looked good early on in the third period with a ton of pressure, but a giveaway proved costly. Goaltender Cole Cheveldave played a puck to Rockets forward Cody Fowlie and Fowlie put it into the empty net to make it 2-0 only 3:22 in the period. Fatigue proved to be a factor as the Blazers put the effort out but couldn’t penetrate the Rockets. The Rockets were solid in this one making it hard for the Blazers all night. Fowlie added a late goal on a giveaway and the Rockets won 3-0 in Kelowna.
The regulation loss is the first of its kind for the Blazers who had started the year 16-0-0-1 including winning the past 14 games. Including the exhibition season, the Blazers were 21-0-0-1 on the season prior to tonight’s game. Colin Smith’s season opening 17-game point streak came to an end as the Blazers were shutout for the first time this season.
It was the first of four straight games at Prospera Place for the Rockets, who will host Prince George on Saturday night.
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