Kelowna, B.C. – A trio of goals, including one by Ty Halaburda in his preseason debut, were not enough to overcome the Kelowna Rockets on their home ice Friday night. Fortunately the G-Men have a bounce-back opportunity tomorrow night in Maple Ridge.
KEL: Gabriel Szturc buried his first of the game, as he capitalized on a two-on-one rush 8:55 into the opening frame.
KEL: Szturc netted his second of the night with :19 remaining in the period, a powerplay goal.
KEL: Grady Lenton added to the Rockets lead with his first of the preseason at 15:01 of the second period.
KEL: Max Graham got into the action 3:12 later, shoveling home a rebound for Kelowna’s second powerplay marker of the night.
VAN: Kyle Bochek got the Giants on the board with 6:52 left in the second.
VAN: Ty Halaburda tipped in the first powerplay goal of the preseason for Vancouver, cutting the deficit to 4-2 with 1:00 remaining in the middle frame.
KEL: Adam Kydd answered right back for Kelowna just 0:10 later.
KEL: Will Munro netted his first of the preseason 12:14 into the third period on a wrister from the high slot.
VAN: Ethan McEneany deflected home his first at 19:38 of the third to bring the Giants back within three.
KEL: Scott Cousins scored Kelowna’s third powerplay goal of the night, right off the faceoff with 0:10 left in the game.
Final Score: Kelowna 7 – Vancouver 3
Final Shots: Kelowna 38 – Vancouver 22
Matthew Hutchison: 31/38 saves for Vancouver
Nicholas Cristiano: 19/22 saves for Kelowna
Vancouver Power Play: 1/7
Kelowna Power Play: 3/5
Next Game: The Giants will conclude their preseason tomorrow against the Rockets at Cam Neely Arena in Maple Ridge. Tickets will be available at the door.