April 8, 2013, Kelowna, BC (ISN) – The Kamloops Blazers defeated the Kelowna Rockets 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at Prospera Place in Kelowna, taking a two-games-to-nothing lead in their WHL Western Conference semi-final series.
Kamloops led 2-1 after two periods of play before breaking the game open in the third. The Rockets pushed for the equalizer early in the third period but were turned aside by some stellar goaltending by Blazers netminder Cole Cheveldave, who turned aside 29 of 30 shots in the game.
“We left too many chances hanging,” said Rockets forward Carter Rigby on the AM1150 post game show, after being injected into the lineup for the first time since Jan. 31. “We need to capitalize on those chances in the playoffs. We need to be more physical and shut down their top line.”
Kelowna opened the scoring early in the first period as Myles Bell blasted a point shot on a Rockets power play. But just over a minute later, Kamloops would tie the score as Brendan Ranford made the score 1-1.
Kamloops took the lead for good later in the first when Dylan Willick scored before third period goals by Chase Souto, Kale Kessy and Aaron Macklin put the game out of reach.
“I think we played better than game one but we have to do a better job on getting on the body,” said forward Colton Heffley. “Hopefully we can bounce back and play a full 60 in the next game.”
The Rockets played without its leading playoff scorer as Tyson Baillie was suspended after game one. The length of suspension is still to be determined.
The series now shifts to Kamloops for games three and four on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
A potential game five in the series will be played next Friday at Prospera Place in Kelowna.