Kelowna Rockets-(1)

October 8, 2013, SPOKANE (ISN) – The Spokane Chiefs jumped out to an early lead on Kelowna and the Rockets could never recover, losing 6-3 Tuesday night in Western Hockey League play in Spokane.

Despite possessing the puck much of the first period, the Rockets were unable to convert a number of scoring chances on Chiefs goaltender Eric Williams. Instead, they found themselves trailing early, when the Chiefs scored three times on Rockets starter Jackson Whistle for a 3-0 lead.

A Tyson Baillie powerplay marker drew the visiting Rockets squad to within two at the first intermission, a period where the score was not indicative of the play.

The second period saw WHL points leader Mitch Holmberg notch his 9th of the year for the Chiefs, before Kelowna’s Myles Bell answered with his 5th of the young campaign. Spokane scored again to make it 5-2 after two periods.

The lead proved to be too much for the Rockets to overcome. Kelowna’s Ryan Olsen scored late, before the Chiefs sealed the game with an empty-netter.

Kelowna came into the game as the only team in the WHL unbeaten in regulation at 5-0-0-1, but couldn’t get going after a series sweep over the Portland Winterhawks.

The Rockets head home to host the Seattle Thunderbirds (6-2-0-0) on Friday, October 11th.

The teams are tops in the Western Conference, and will battle it out at Prospera Place. Puck drop is 7:05 and tickets are available through Select Your Tickets.