Rockets beat Royals retake sole possession of first place

Rockets Flyby Photo credit: Marissa Baecker

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Victoria Royals 5-4 on Monday afternoon at Prospera Place.

Victoria found the score sheet first as Matthew Phillips(42) scored on a penalty shot at 5:02 of the opening stanza. 29 seconds later Kole Lind(30) tied things up at one-a-piece. Noah Gregor(21) pulled the Royals back ahead by one at 8:29 but Lind(31) tipped his second of the afternoon on the power play at 19:07 to tie things up once again before the period was out and the score was 2-2 after 20 minutes of play.

4:03 into the middle frame Dillon Dube(25) gave the Rockets their first lead of the afternoon before Carsen Twarynski(35) extended that lead to two at 8:09. Gordie Ballhorn(4) scored on a Rockets power play to make it 5-2 at 13:52. Tyler Soy(29) responded for the Royals before the period was over and Kelowna held a 5-3 lead heading into the final period.

Andrei Grishakov(18) scored on a Royals power play to cut the Rockets lead to one at 11:01 of the third. Midway through the period there was a collision into Rockets goaltender James Porter and Brodan Salmond entered the game in Porter’s relief to finish the afternoon. Salmond shut the door on the Royals for the remainder as the Rockets skate to a 5-4 victory.

Kelowna enjoyed multi-point evenings from Kole Lind(2G, 1A), Dillon Dube(1G, 2A), Kyle Topping(2A), and Cal Foote(2A).

James Porter’s record improves to 19-7-3-0 after stopping 21 of the 25 shots he faced. Brodan Salmond made 1 save on 1 shot as the Rockets outshot the Royals 35-26.

Kelowna’s record improves to 34-17-4-1 as they retake sole possession of first place in the B.C. Division.