Rockets clip Oil Kings
The Kelowna Rockets grounded the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-2 for their fourth straight Western Hockey League win Wednesday night at Prospera Place.
Sixteen-year-old rookie Rourke Chartier scored the winner in front of 5,000 fans, ripping a wrist shot into the top corner three minutes into the third period, his fifth of the season.
Kelowna keeper Jackson Whistle earned his second straight win, making 25 saves, including three frantic ones in final seconds.
Vernon’s Curtis Lazar, a 17-year-old centre with the 11-5-1-2 Kings, assisted on the game’s opening goal by Stephen Shmoorkoff at 4:38.
Lazar has eight goals and five assists through 19 games.
The win improved the Rockets to 11-6-1-1. They are second in the B.C. Division behind the league-leading Kamloops Blazers (17-2-0-1).
Tyson Baillie and Henrik Nyberg had the other goals for Kelowna, while Travis Ewanyk had the other Edmonton tally.
Kelowna hosts the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday night at Prospera.