Hitmen Out Punch Rockets

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KELOWNA, CANADA - OCTOBER 13: Mark Kastelic #12 of the Calgary Hitmen puts the puck past James Hilsendager #2 and Brodan Salmond #31 of the Kelowna Rockets and scores a first period goal on October 13, 2017 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze) *** Local Caption ***

The Calgary Hitmen defeated the Kelowna Rockets 4-3 on Friday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna.

Mark Kastelic got the Hitmen on the board first 4:36 in to the opening frame. Halfway through the period Nolan Foote evened things up for the Rockets with his second of the year and the score stayed at 1-1 for the remainder of the period.

Midway through the second Calgary collected goals Hunter Campbell(2) and Jakob Stukel(5) two minutes apart to reclaim the lead but Kyle Topping(3) would reply for Kelowna just 1:31 later. The Hitmen held a 3-2 lead heading into the final stanza.

With 8:11 to go in the contest Cael Zimmerman(1) scored to pull the Hitmen back ahead by two. Just under two minutes later Jack Cowell responded for Kelowna tucking in his fourth of the season on the power play to draw the Rockets within one once again. Despite a late push, the Hitmen held on for a 4-3 win.

Brodan Salmond falls to 3-2-0-1 stopping 22 of 26 shots he faced.

The Rockets record drops to 4-2-0-1 on the season.

Immediately following the game tonight the Rockets hit the road en route to Portland for back-to-back meetings with the Winterhawks at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night and Sunday night. Puck drop on Saturday night is at 6:00pm and puck drop on Sunday is at 5:00pm. The Rockets will then head east to Kennewick, WA for a visit with the Tri-City Americans at the Toyota Center on Tuesday night to close out the three game road trip. Puck drop on Tuesday is at 7:05pm.

The Rockets are at home again on Friday, October 20th, and again on Saturday, October 21st, when they host the Portland Winterhawks on back-to-back nights at Prospera Place.

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