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Rockets Blank Raiders, 4-0

February 5, 2023 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
Kelowna Rockets News Release


Prince Albert Raiders' Max Hildebrand and Landon Kosior and Kelowna Rockets' Carson Golder in action
Prince Albert Raiders' Max Hildebrand and Landon Kosior and Kelowna Rockets' Carson Golder in action
(Kelowna Rockets, Credit: Steve Dunsmoor)

The Kelowna Rockets shut out the Prince Albert Raiders 4-0 on Saturday night at Prospera Place.

New York Rangers prospect Talyn Boyko made 51 saves to secure the Rockets win and his second shutout of the season.

"PA works but I've got two words, Talyn Boyko," said Rockets head coach Kris Mallette in his post-game interview. "He was outstanding for us tonight, 50 plus shots for a shutout was unbelievable. When we were killing penalties, we were able to get some sticks on things that maybe took some interesting bounces, but Talyn was square to it, got a piece of it, and was able to get it to the corner.

The Rockets played their second consecutive game with five defencemen due to injuries, Mallette talked about his younger group having to step up while John Babcock and Marek Rocak both missed their fourth game with upper body injuries.

"We rode five defencemen two games in a row, expecting them to do certain things. Last night was the same, I thought they did a really good job of allowing our goaltender to see the puck and they competed extremely hard back there."

With the win, the Rockets win streak has been extended to a season-high three games.

GAME SUMMARY

Will Munro dropped a pass back to tee up Marcus Pacheco (8) at the top of the right faceoff circle to give Kelowna the opening lead of the game. Carson Golder (21) extended his goal streak to three games with a power play marker to push the Rockets out to a two-goal lead.

Defenceman Elias Carmichael (4) found his way in front of the Raiders net, where Dylan Wightman set him up. Carmichael (5) launched the puck from his own zone into Prince Albert's empty net in the dying seconds of the game.

ADDITIONAL STATS

Prince Albert outshot Kelowna 51-23

Talyn Boyko was the game's first star, Marcus Pacheco was the second and Caden Price was the third star

Kelowna was 1/3 on the power play, while the Raiders were 0/5 on the man advantage

The Rockets record is now 17-26-3-0

Andrew Cristall, Ty Hurley, Max Graham, John Babcock and Marek Rocak all missed the game due to injury

It was Elias Carmichael's first multi-goal game of his WHL career

UP NEXT

The Rockets will head up north for games in Prince George against the Cougars on Tuesday and Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.

Kelowna will return to Prospera Place for two home games on Friday and Saturday at 7:05 pm, hosting Prince George on Friday and the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday.

Single-game tickets for all Rockets home games are on sale at Select Your Tickets. Tickets can be purchased online through www.selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office, or by phone at 250-762-5050.





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Prince Albert Raiders' Max Hildebrand and Landon Kosior and Kelowna Rockets' Carson Golder in action
Prince Albert Raiders' Max Hildebrand and Landon Kosior and Kelowna Rockets' Carson Golder in action

(Steve Dunsmoor)
  

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