by Kevin Parnell
February 5, 2014, Kelowna (ISN) – The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Red Deer Rebels 4-3 on Wednesday night, scoring early and often and then hanging on for the one goal victory.
Goaltender Jackson Whistle turned in a first-star performance, stopping 35 of 38 shots as Red Deer took over the game in the second and third periods.
Kelowna had jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first period as Kris Schmidli and Marek Tvrdon scored in the first two minutes of the game.
Austin Glover and Tyrell Goulbourne added goals as well and the Rockets appeared to have the game in hand.
But the Rebels had other plans but Whistle was up to the task as the Rebels fired 30 shots at the netminder over the final two periods.
The win improved the Rockets record to 43-7-0-3 on the season.
It was the first game in a busy week of Rockets games at Prospera Place as the Rockets will be back in action for two games this weekend as well as a special Family Day matinee on Monday.
Kelowna will host Edmonton on Friday and Victoria on Saturday before hosting Seattle on the B.C. Family Day weekend on Monday Feb.10 at 2:05 p.m.