The Kelowna Rockets fell 3-1 on Saturday night to the Kamloops Blazers at the Rockets home opener at Prospera Place.
The Blazers got on the board first as Orrin Centazzo(1) was the benefactor of a lucky bounce in Kamloops’ favour 4:16 into the opening frame. The two clubs traded chances throughout the remainder of the period but the score stayed at 1-0 Kamloops.
Jermaine Loewen(1) extended the Blazers lead to 2-0 just 35 seconds into the middle stanza snapping a shot past Rockets netminder Roman Basran. With just under four minutes to go in the second period Zane Franklin(2) gave Kamloops a 3-0 lead that they held into the final frame despite being outshot 29-25 through 40 minutes of play.
In the third Leif Mattson(2) got the Rockets on the board for the second night in a row, but that capped off the scoring resulting in a 3-1 Blazers final.
Kelowna’s record falls to 0-2-0-0.
Roman Basran made the start for Kelowna stopping 31 of the 34 shots he faced as the Rockets outshot the Blazers 40-34.
Prior to puck drop fans were witness to the raising of the 7th B.C. Divisional title banner at Prospera Place honouring their 2017-2018 WHL regular season success in which they captured the B.C. Division title with a total of 93 points and 43 wins.
KELOWNA, CANADA – SEPTEMBER 22: Leif Mattson #28, Kyle Topping #24, Erik Gardiner #11, Jack Cowell #8, Braydyn Chizen #22 and Conner Bruggen-Cate #20 of the Kelowna Rockets stand at centre ice to raise the 2018 BC Division Banner during home opener against the Kamloops Blazers on September 22, 2018 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze) *** Local Caption ***
The Rockets are back in action on Wednesday night when they host another B.C. Divisional rival in the Prince George Cougars. Wednesday, September 26th will be the first Hat-Trick Wednesday of the 2018-2019 WHL regular season.