Rockets fall to T’Birds

Seattle scores four power play goals Saturday to end Kelowna's three-game win streak

Kelowna Rockets forward Dillon Dube (left) tries to escape the check of Seattle's Alexander True in WHL action Saturday in Kent, Wash.

Kelowna Rockets forward Dillon Dube (left) tries to escape the check of Seattle's Alexander True in WHL action Saturday in Kent, Wash.

The Seattle Thunderbirds have put a temporary halt to the Kelowna Rockets’ climb up the WHL’s BC Division standings.

Ryan Gropp scored a hat-trick and Matt Barzal added four assists as the T’Birds downed the Rockets 5-3 Saturday night at the ShoWare Centre in Kent, Wash.

It ended a three-game winning streak for the Rockets (36-21-5-0) who, a night earlier, blasted the Kamloops Blazers 8-2.

Penalties hindered the Rockets who yielded four power play goals on nine Seattle opportunities.

Dillon Dube, Reid Gardiner and Kyle Topping scored for the Rockets who outshot Seattle 39-24.

The Rockets remain three points back of Kamloops for second spot in the BC Division, holding two games in hand on the Blazers.

Kelowna closes out its three-game, three-day road trip Sunday in Spokane against the Chiefs.

 

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