KELOWNA - The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-3 on Friday night, Oct. 2, at Rexall Place in Edmonton, coming from behind to earn the win.
Cole Linaker scored twice, including the winning goal and an insurance goal into the empty net as the Rockets started a stretch of four road games in five nights in the WHL Central Division.
Kelowna trailed 3-1 late in the second period before first year Swiss import Calvin Thurkauf scored his first WHL goal, making the score 3-2 and sparking the Rockets comeback.
Kole Lind scored early in the third period to tie the score before Linaker's winner with just 1:31 to go. Rourke Chartier also scored for Kelowna, which improves to 3-1-0-0 on the season.
Michael Herringer earned the win in net as Kelowna outshot Edmonton 42-38. The Rockets were 2-for-7 on the power play while the Oil Kings also scored twice with the man advantage on four chances.
The Rockets now head to Red Deer on Saturday night to play the Rebels before playing Friday night in Lethbridge and Tuesday night in Medicine Hat.
Kelowna's next home game is Friday, Oct. 9 vs. Victoria at Prospera Place.
ROYALS 4 BLAZERS 2
VICTORIA - Tyler Soy struck twice as the Royals remained undefeated by doubling up Kamloops.
Chaz Reddekopp also had a pair of goals for Victoria (3-0-0).
Jake Kryski and Nolan Kneen scored for the Blazers (0-3-0).
ICE 5 CHIEFS 2
CRANBROOK, B.C. - Luke Philp had two goals and an assist as the Kootenay Ice beat the Spokane Chiefs 5-2 on Friday night in Western Hockey League action.
Zak Zborosky also scored twice for the Ice (1-2-0) in their first win of the season. Jon Martin chipped in with a goal and assist while Cale Fleury tacked on three assists.
Keanu Yamamoto and Dominic Zwerger found the back of the net for Spokane (1-1-0).
Keelan Williams turned aside 35 shots for the win in net. Garret Hughson started for the Chiefs but was pulled after kicking out 14-of-18 shots in 34:53. Tyson Verhelst went the rest of the way, making 12 saves.
Kootenay scored twice on four power-play chances while Spokane was scoreless on five opportunities.
HITMEN 3 WHEAT KINGS 2
BRANDON, Man. - Terrell Draude had the winner on the power play as Calgary hung on to beat the Wheat Kings.
Jake Bean also had a power-play goal for the Hitmen (3-0-0) in the third period while Radel Fazleev added a short-handed goal in the second.
Colton Waltz and Macoy Erkamps tried to rally Brandon (1-1-1) with goals in the third, but couldn't find the equalizer.
Wheat Kings forward Rihards Bukarts received a major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind at 17:40 of the second period.
REBELS 5 BRONCOS 1
RED DEER, Alta. - Ivan Nikolishin scored twice and added an assist as the Rebels downed Swift Current.
Conner Bleackley, Grayson Pawlenchuk and Michael Spacek rounded out the attack for Red Deer (3-0-0).
Jake DeBrusk had a short-handed goal for the Broncos (1-2-0) in the first period.
RAIDERS 5 GIANTS 4 (SO)
PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - Reid Gardiner scored the only goal of the shootout and added another in regulation as the Raiders slipped past Vancouver.
Simon Stransky, Sean Montgomery and Luke Coleman had the others for Prince Albert (2-1-0).
Alec Baer forced extra time with a goal at 19:25 of the third period. Dakota Odgers, Jackson Houck and Jesse Roach supplied the rest of the offence for the Giants (2-1-0).
TIGERS 3 BLADES 2 (OT)
SASKATOON - Steven Owre had the winner 2:32 into overtime as Medicine Hat edged the Blades.
Mason Shaw and Chad Butcher also found the back of the net for the Tigers (2-1-0).
Ryan Graham and Nikita Soshnin scored for Saskatoon (1-0-2).
— With files from The Canadian Press