Rockets Deadlock Chiefs Before 7,047 At Arena
Robb Gordon erased a two-goal deficit to keep the road-weary Kelowna Rockets unbeaten against the Spokane Chiefs.
Gordon’s two goals carried the Rockets to a 2-2 Western Hockey League tie before 7,047 Saturday night in the Arena.
Kelowna ended a two-game losing streak and went to 2-0-1 against Spokane.
Randy Favaro’s 10th goal of the season gave the Chiefs a 1-0 first-period lead.
After Dmitri Leonov’s persistence paid off with a power-play goal at 12:26 of the second period, Kelowna cut Spokane’s lead to 2-1 when Gordon, the WHL’s third-leading scorer, notched his 25th skating on the power play.
Gordon’s goal was only the 16th power play the Chiefs have allowed in 16 games in their new building.
With the tie the Chiefs remain a point up on Kelowna (19-10-3) in the WHL West Division and are unbeaten in their last six games.
Chiefs 2, Rockets 2
Kelowna 0 1 1 0 - 2
Spokane 1 1 0 0 - 2
First period-1, Spo, Favaro 10 (Hamilton, Cirjak), 9:21. Key penalties-Leonov, Spo, :32; Hamilton, Spo, 11:19; Kwiatkowski, Kel, 16:22; Leonov, Spo, 18:30.
Second period - 2, Spo, Leonov 15 (Whitfield, Sinclair), 12:26 (pp). 3, Kel, Gordon 25 (Henderson), 14:10 (pp). Key penalties - Favaro, Spo, 3:24; Wade, Kel, 6:43; Henderson, Kel, 11:56; Shockey, Spo, 13:58; Fletcher, Kel, 15:06; Boschman, Spo, 20:00.
Third period-4, Kel, Gordon 26 (Henderson, Varada), 19:06. Key penalties - Kwiatkowski, Kel, 6:45; Bertsch, Spo, 14:52.
Overtime - None. Key penalties - None.
Power-play opp. - Kelowna 1 of 7; Spokane 1 of 4.Saves - Kelowna, Dillabaugh 14-7-15-7-43. Spokane, Lemanowicz 4-9-12-2-27.A - 7,047.
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