May 14, 2015 - 7:10 AM
KELOWNA – The Kelowna Rockets claimed the Ed Chynoweth Cup on Wednesday night to become the 49th WHL Champions after earning a 3-0 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Rockets defeated the WHL Eastern Conference Champion Wheat Kings in the 2015 WHL Championship Series in four games.
The win marks the fourth time in franchise history that Kelowna has won the WHL Championship Series (2003, 2005, 2009, 2015). The Rockets will now represent the WHL at the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Quebec City, QC which begins next Friday. This will be the fifth appearance for Kelowna at the MasterCard Memorial Cup as the Club hosted and won the event in 2004.
Leon Draisaitl broke a scoreless tie early in the third period with a shorthanded marker before Rourke Chartier gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead just 19 seconds later on the same penalty kill. Nick Merkley rounded out the scoring for Kelowna while goaltender Jackson Whistle made 19 saves for his fourth shutout of the 2015 WHL Playoffs.
Draisaitl, an Edmonton Oilers prospect, was named the 2015 WHL Playoffs Most Valuable Player following the game. Draisaitl finished tied for the post-season scoring lead with 28 points (10g-18a) in 19 WHL Playoff games, including two points in Wednesday’s Game 4 victory. Previous Rockets to earn the honour include Tyler Myers (2009), Shea Weber (2005) and Jesse Schultz (2003).
The Kelowna Rockets will open the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup against the host Quebec Remparts next Friday in Quebec City. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and all games will be televised nationally on Sportsnet.
MasterCard Memorial Cup ticket packages are now available as the Rockets will begin play in Quebec City on Friday, May 22 when they open the tournament against the Quebec Ramparts.
Ticket packages are $470.00 plus HST for the entire tournament and can be ordered directly through the Rockets.
The seats will be located in the upper area of sections 103,104 and 117 of the arena and the seating chart is available at www.mastercardmemorialcup.ca.
If you are interested in a full package, e-mail Gavin Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Friday May 15.
Please include your MasterCard or Visa number with expiry date or call Gavin at 250-979-0851.
All ticket orders will be available for pick-up in Quebec City at the arena.
If you are interested in single game tickets only, you can order them on the official website.
Hotel information is also available on the website.
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