The Kelowna Rockets fell 7-4 to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday night in Brandon.
Wheat Kings forward Stelio Mattheos(24) opened the scoring 31 seconds into the first. Rockets rookie Ted Brennan responded for Kelowna at 2:57 for his first career WHL goal. Evan Weinger(13) pulled the Wheat Kings back ahead by one at 14:46. Nolan Foote(10) evened things up 2-2 on a Rockets power play late in the frame to round out the first period scoring.
Dillon Dube(18) gave Kelowna a lead at 9:40 of the middle stanza, but Ty Lewis(16) quickly responded for Brandon. Cole Reinhardt(10) scored a power play marker to regain a Wheat Kings lead at 14:08. Roman Basran entered the game in James Porter’s relief for the Rockets. Ty Lewis(17) scored his second of the period on another Wheat Kings power play to extend Brandon’s lead to 5-3. The Wheat Kings held that lead through 40 minutes.
Kole Lind(13) scored another power play goal for Kelowna at 12:52 of the final frame to bring the Rockets back within one. Linden McCorrister(9) regained Brandon’s two goal lead at 16:52. Kelowna pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker late and Tanner Kaspick(11) scored on the empty net to seal it 7-4 for Brandon.
James Porter’s record falls to 12-5-2-0 after stopping 7 of 11 shots he faced. Roman Basran stopped 12 of 14 as the Rockets outshot the Wheat Kings 40-26.
Kelowna’s record falls to 18-9-2-1.
The Rockets hit the road once again, this time heading to Moose Jaw for a battle with the Warriors on Tuesday, December 12th. Kelowna visits Swift Current the next night(13th) before making a stop in Prince Albert to face the Raiders on the 15th. They finish off the road trip in Saskatoon on December 16th.
The next home game for the Rockets will be December 27th when they host the Kamloops Blazers at Prospera Place for a holiday B.C. Division battle.