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Chiefs can’t cool off sizzling Rockets

The Kelowna Rockets are 21-3 in the Western Hockey League since Thanksgiving. Their latest victory came Friday night at the Arena, a 4-2 decision over the Spokane Chiefs. Read story

Kelowna has already surpassed the 31 wins it had last season.

"It's a new year," Olsen said. "Everyone's older, everyone's more experienced. ... A lot of guys gained a lot of confidence after last year."

Kelowna plays one more game at the Arena this season, on Feb. 5.

"This is a tough building to win in," Olsen said. "We really came out strong and that really helped us."

Nachbaur credited the Rockets for their solid play, especially during the first two periods.

"They're big and strong and we did nothing physically with the puck," Nachbaur said. "I thought we got outmuscled around our net and their net and the end result is a loss."

Now the Chiefs have to prepare for Saturday's game against archrival Tri-City, which is just two points behind Spokane for the fourth-best record in the Western Conference.

"We're going to have to hit the pillow tonight and forget about this game and start looking forward to the next game," Nachbaur said. "We have to play better. There are too many lulls in the game where we do nothing."

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