Kelowna Rockets go to round two at Prospera Place

Hockey fans line up at Prospera Place this morning to get their tickets for Saturday's game against the Kamloops Blazers.

By Julie Whittet

It's a proud day for Kelowna after last night's game seven in the Western Hockey League playoffs. The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds in a nail-biting 3-2 overtime win when star player Tyson Baillie scored his third goal of the night.

The Rockets will now go on to face the Kamloops Blazers for the second round of the playoffs.

Tickets went on sale this morning at 9:30 a.m. at Prospera Place for the next game this Saturday (7 p.m.). Game two against the Blazers will follow on Sunday at 5 p.m. 

Rob McInnes came away from Prospera's sales booth with nine tickets in hand this morning. He said the tickets will go to a few lucky customers of his company Western One Rentals and Sales. McInnes was pleasantly suprised by last night's win.

“At that level of hockey to be down three games to zero, and come back and win four straight games is quite a feat. I refereed junior hockey for 13 year so I can really appreciate at that level, what it takes to do that."

As for predicting round two with the Blazers he says, “there's a big rivalry between the two! I have some customers in Kamloops and I'll be looking forward to giving them the gears when we take care of the Blazers here. I'm thinking six games.”

And it's not just hockey fans who are rejoicing. The win is also a boon for Kelowna's city life and tourism. Hosting hockey teams and the fans that follow them is sure to bring more crowds to the city, keeping local hotels and commercial areas busy.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.

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