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Rockets blanked in loss to Everett

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 | 10:12 pm

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Max Adolph and the Kelowna Rockets fell 4-0 to the Everett Silvertips Wednesday night (File photo Chris Stanford)

By Pieter Uni

The streak is finally over.

Kelowna had their nine-game winning streak abruptly halted south of the border as the Rockets were shutout by the Everett Silvertips 4-0 in WHL Wednesday night action.

Everett’s Thomas Heemskerk recorded his third shutout and 18th win of the season by making 36 saves and the Silvertips scored twice in the opening period, giving the Western Conference’s third place team their ninth win in their past 11 games.

Heemskery rebounded nicely from his last appearance against the Rockets, he was pulled after allowing five goals in a 6-2 loss, stopping 13 first period shots while being the key in Everett’s ability to contain Kelowna’s power play.

Kelowna’s fifth ranked power play went 0-5 while Everett scored once, off the stick of Byron Froese, on five man advantages of their own. The power-play marker put the Silvertips up midway through the first stanza and was Froese’s 22nd goal and 47th point of the year.

Everett’s Shane Harper added a second goal with less than three minutes remaining in the opening period and from there on in, it was all Heemskerk.

The Chilliwack product stopped 12 shots in the second and 11 more in the third as his Silvertips now have the best goaltending tandem in the league. Heemskerk currently sits in second place in the league with a 0.921 save percentage in 31 games, behind only his teammate Kent Simpson, who boasts a 0.924 percentage in 28 games.

Everett’s Tyler Maxwell, in the second, and Chris Langkow, in the third, rounded out the scoring.

Kelowna will look to bounce back Friday, when the team travels to Kamloops for a key matchup, before returning home where they will host the Blazers in the second of a home-and home series.

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