Rockets Stopped by Thunderbirds

November 23, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Kelowna Rockets News Release

Kelowna Rockets' Gabriel Szturc in action
Kelowna Rockets' Gabriel Szturc in action
(Kelowna Rockets)

The Kelowna Rockets fell 4-2 to the Seattle Thunderbirds at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, Wa. on Wednesday night.

Jared Davidson scored the opening two Seattle goals, with the Rockets catching up both times. Kyle Crnkovic scored the game-winner just past the midway point of the second period. Scott Ratzlaff made 22 saves on 24 shots.

Gabriel Szturc posted his ninth multipoint game of the season, recording two assists en route to earning third-star honours.


Montreal Canadiens prospect Jared Davidson(9) picked off the puck along the Rockets blueline, unleashing a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that beat Rockets starter Talyn Boyko 1:01 into the game. Adam Kydd(11) responded quickly for Kelowna, following up his own rebound to tie the game up 1:51 seconds after Davidson's goal.

Davidson(10) regained the lead early into the second while on the power play. Jackson DeSouza(3) fired a shot through traffic that found its way past Seattle goaltender Scott Ratzlaff, however minutes later Kyle Crnkovic (9) once again restored the T-Bird lead.

Edmonton Oilers prospect Reid Schaefer(15) scored the lone goal of the third period, netting an empty net goal.


Both teams fired 24 shots on net

The Rockets were 0/3 on the power play while the Thunderbirds were 1/4

Jared Davidson was the game's first star, Nolan Allan was the second and Gabriel Szturc was the third

The Rockets record moves to 8-9-1-0

Boyko stopped 20 of the 23 shots fired on him, his record is now 4-4-0-0

The two will meet next on December 30th at Prospera Place

Noah Dorey appeared in his 100th career game


The Rockets will wrap up their two-game road trip the United States on Friday when they'll take on the Everett Silvertips.

Kelowna's next home game is Saturday, November 26th when they'll face the 2022 Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year Brayden Yager and the Moose Jaw Warriors.

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

Mini Packs are now on sale for the 2022-23 season, pick from between a six or twelve-game pack. Click here to learn more about Mini Packs.

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Kelowna Rockets' Gabriel Szturc in action
Kelowna Rockets' Gabriel Szturc in action


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