Junior hockey: Rockets fall to Blazers in OT, Chiefs surprise Vees – Okanagan

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A roundup of junior hockey results from the Okanagan and area.

KAMLOOPS 4, KELOWNA 3 (OT)

The league’s worst team managed to again defeat the Rockets this season.

At Kelowna, Nathan Behm scored twice, including the game-winner at 4:55 of overtime as Kamloops downed Kelowna 4-3 on Friday night.

Ashton Ferster and Jordan Keller also scored for the Blazers (12-28-3-2), which has now beaten the Rockets twice in three meetings this season. The other win was a 3-2 win in Kamloops on Dec. 27. In the other match, Kelowna won 6-4 on Dec. 29.

Scoring for Kelowna (21-21-3-0), which led 2-1 after the first period, were Gabriel Szturc, with two goals, and Andrew Cristall, who had a three-point outing with a goal and two assists.

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Cristall opened the scoring at 4:48 of the first, with a five-hole shot, though Behm responded two minutes later at 6:31 to make it 1-1. In turn, Szturc responded in kind with a loose-puck backhand at 9:22 to make it 2-1 for the home team.

After a scoreless third, the Blazers jumped ahead with a power-play goal at 21 seconds, then a long rebound at 8:34. Six minutes later, at 14:33, Szturc tied the game at 3-3 when he netted his second of the night, a wrister from the left faceoff circle.

In overtime, with five seconds remaining, Behm finished the game, taking a great pass from the blue-line to the slot and knifing home the backhand winner.

Kelowna was outshot 43-31, with Jari Kykkanen making 39 saves for the Rockets and Jesse Sanche stopping 28 shots for the Blazers.

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Kelowna was 0-for-2 on the power play while Kamloops was 1-for-3.

The two teams are back in action on Saturday evening as they clash in Kamloops. Next week, Kelowna will visit Portland twice, on Jan. 31 (Wednesday) and Feb. 2 (Friday), then visit Spokane on Feb. 4 (Sunday).

Earlier in the week, the CHL held its Top Prospects Game in Moncton, N.B., on Wednesday, and Tij Iginla of the Rockets played for Team White, which lost 3-1 to Team Red.


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Iginla was named player of the game for Team White.


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Friday’s results

  • Calgary 8, Brandon 0
  • Lethbridge 6, Regina 1
  • Moose Jaw 6, Medicine Hat 5 (SO)
  • Prince Albert 5, Saskatoon 4 (SO)
  • Red Deer 6, Edmonton 3
  • Spokane 4, Prince George 3
  • Portland 3, Tri-City 2
  • Vancouver 5, Victoria 3
  • Seattle 6, Wenatchee 3

Saturday’s games

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  • Moose Jaw at Swift Current
  • Victoria at Regina
  • Saskatoon at Prince Albert
  • Vancouver at Brandon
  • Kelowna at Wenatchee
  • Prince George at Portland
  • Tri-City at Medicine Hat
  • Seattle at Everett

Sunday’s games

  • Edmonton at Calgary
  • Spokane at Medicine Hat
  • Prince George at Everett

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CHILLIWACK 3, PENTICTON 1

At Penticton, the Vees outshot Chilliwack 49-21 but could only light the lamp once, with Vladimir Nikitin posting a 48-save effort for Chilliwack on Friday night.

Connor Dick, who opened the scoring midway through the third period at 10:11, and Brady Milburn, with back-to-back goals at 11:17 and 17:26, scored for Chilliwack (18-13-3-0-0). Milburn’s second of the night was a shorthanded marker into an empty net.

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Replying for Penticton (24-7-2-2-0), which leads the Interior Division with 52 points, was Billy Renfrew at 19:09. Will Ingemann made 18 saves.

Both teams were scoreless on the power play, with Chilliwack at 0-for-2 and Penticton at 0-for-4.

SALMON ARM 5, PRINCE GEORGE 3

At Prince George, Isaac Lambert tallied a hat trick in leading the Silverbacks past the Spruce Kings on Friday night.

Maddux Martin and Cole Cooksey also scored for Salmon Arm (23-10-0-2-0), which led 1-0 and 4-1 at the period breaks.

Kazumo Sasaki, Max Ranstrom and Lucas Veilleux replied for Prince George (12-19-3-0-0), which outshot their visitors 33-29.

Eli Pulver made 30 saves for the Silverbacks, with Ryan Sanborn stopping 24 shots for the Spruce Kings.

Salmon Arm was 1-for-5 on the power play while Prince George was 2-for-4.

WEST KELOWNA 8, MERRITT 3

At Merritt, the Warriors burst out of the gate, scoring four times in the first 15 minutes, in a romp over the Centennials on Friday night.

Michael Salandra and Isaiah Norlin, each with two goals, Brennan Nelson, Callum Hughes, Felix Caron and Trent Wilson scored for West Kelowna (23-7-5-0-0), which led 4-1 and 5-3 at the period breaks.

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The win also drew the Warriors to within a point of front-running Penticton in Interior Division standings.

Replying for Merritt (12-19-3-1-0), which was outshot 35-29, were Michael Felsing, with two goals, and Aidan Lindblad.

Matthew DellaRusso made 26 saves for the Warriors. For the Centennials, starter Karlis Mezsargs lasted just 15 minutes, with 3 saves on 7 shots. Andrew Ballantyne stopped 24 of 28 shots in relief.

West Kelowna was 1-for-2 on the power play while Merritt was 0-for-3.


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Friday’s results

  • Alberni Valley 4, Cranbrook 2
  • Coquitlam 6, Cowichan Valley 5
  • Nanaimo 4, Powell River 3
  • Victoria 3, Trail 0
  • Surrey 5, Langley 3

Saturday’s games

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  • Nanaimo at Powell River
  • Surrey at Penticton
  • Salmon Arm at Prince George
  • Vernon at Trail
  • Chilliwack at West Kelowna
  • Victoria at Merritt
  • Cowichan Valley at Langley

Sunday’s game


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Friday’s results

  • Fernie 3, Columbia Valley 2
  • Creston Valley 6, Nelson 5 (OT)
  • Kimberley 6, Golden 4
  • Princeton 7, Osoyoos 2
  • Revelstoke 4, Chase 1
  • Kamloops 5, North Okanagan 1
  • Sicamous 3, Castlegar 2 (SO)
  • Beaver Valley 7, Grand Forks 5
  • Spokane 3, Summerland 1

Saturday’s games

  • Golden at Fernie
  • Grand Forks at Creston Valley
  • Princeton at Kelowna
  • Spokane at Osoyoos
  • Chase at Revelstoke
  • Castlegar at Beaver Valley
  • Sicamous at Nelson
  • Kamloops at North Okanagan

Sunday’s games

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  • Sicamous at Beaver Valley
  • Summerland at Kelowna

 



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