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Rockets hope to best Blazers for second straight night

Saturday, February 13th, 2010 | 3:46 pm

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Brandon McMillan and his Rockets hope to beat Kamloops for the second straight night tonight. (File photo Chris Stanford)

By Pieter Uni

The Rockets can help their own cause tonight with a second straight win over the visiting Blazers after Kelowna held off Kamloops 5-3 in WHL action Friday night.

If Kelowna can win their 11th game in 12 games, the home team would extend their lead over the Blazers to six points in the race for the sixth spot in the Western Conference of the WHL.

Kelowna (29-26-2-2) rebounded from Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to Everett last night as Brandon McMillan scored twice in the first period and Geordie Wudrick, Mitchell Callahan and Codey Ito all notched singles as the Rockets outlasted the Blazers. Adam Brown made 17 saves to record the win for the Rockets and the two goals for McMillan broke a seven-game goalless stretch for the Canadian national junior team standout. For the Blazers (26-27-2-4), the loss was their second in a row and a win tonight is critical for Kamloops, who cling to a two-point lead over Chilliwack for seventh place in the Western Conference.

Though the Rockets came out on top last night, Kamloops hold a distinct advantage over Kelowna this season. In seven games, the Rockets have only managed two wins while being outscored 26-20

Kelowna will look to get off to a better start after falling behind twice in the opening period last night. Thanks to McMillan, the team was able to escape the first period level but the Rockets will want to avoid replicating Friday’s first period. When the Rockets are tied after one the team is a mediocre 9-7-1 and are an abysmal 6-16 when trailing after the first. Conversely, when the team outscores their opponents in the first, they are a terrific 14-3-1-2.

The puck drops at 7 p.m. at Prospera Place.


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