The Kelowna Rockets are now 3-7-0-0 in their last 10 games. (Contributed)

Rockets stunned in 7-0 loss to Portland

Portland’s goaltender Dante Gianuzzi was named the game’s first star with a 17-save shutout

The Portland Winterhawks laid down a 7-0 beating on the Kelowna Rockets at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.

Portland opened the scoring a minute and 56 seconds into the first when Seth Jarvis beat goaltender Cole Schwebius over the shoulder with a wicked wrist shot from the top of the circle.

The opening goal would prove to be the winner as Portland would essentially dominate from the opening puck drop to the final buzzer.

Midway through the first Jack O’Brien would add another tally on a superb rush and cross crease-pass by Seth Jarvis.

In the second period, the Rockets couldn’t find an answer to the Winterhawks play as they surrendered two more goals by Clay Hanus and Reece Newkirk. This would be all for Cole Schwebius as coach Foote would pull his goaltender in maybe hopes of it being a wake-up call for his team.

The goalie change would solve nothing and the Rockets would continue to struggle, allowing another three goals in the final frame to Jake Gricius, Tyson Kozak and another to Seth Jarvis.

Portland goaltender Dante Gianuzzi would earn the first star of the game, denying all 17 shots faced. Despite allowing seven goals in the game the Rockets’ goalies can’t be to blame after the Rockets surrender a whopping 57 shots against.

With the loss, the Rockets slip to 21-19-1-2 and are 3-7-0-0 in their last ten games.

Kelowna’s strength is their defense, but Connor McDonald, Kaeden Korczak and Jake Lee all had off nights and been playing sub-par hockey as of late. The team was also unable to make a big flash upfront at the deadline and injuries to Kyle Topping and most recently Nolan Foote has made offensive production a more difficult task.

The Rockets will look to get things turned around when they play the Winterhawks in a rematch on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

READ MORE: Undermanned Rockets come close in 1st game of road-trip with 3-2 loss to Silvertips


@Niftymittens14
daniel.taylor@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Two-vehicle collision causes rollover at Burtch Road and Highway 97

Harvey is down to single lane traffic headed downtown

Lake Country event gets people to celebrate failure

Event on Feb. 29 will give people opportunity to discuss failures, enjoy live music and create artwork

Dates revealed for 2020 Kelowna Pride celebrations

Kelowna’s Pride Week will run from June 6 to 14

Kelowna accepting applications for Artist in Residence program

Artists from all disciplines are welcome to apply

Central Okanagan receives less funding per student than B.C. average

In 2019, Central Okanagan received almost $400 less in funding per student

Conference introduces Kelowna students to tech-related careers

The goal is to show students the impact technology has across multiple disciplines

Petition seeks to remove local police department from Lindsay Buziak murder case

American woman starts online petition in hopes of helping Buziak family

Deaths on popular Shuswap trail ruled accidental

B.C. Coroners Service reports on fatal falls in May and July 2019

Study says flu vaccine protected most people during unusual influenza season

Test-negative method was pioneered by the BC Centre for Disease Control in 2004

Saskatchewan and B.C. reach championship round at Scotties

British Columbia’s Corryn Brown locked up the last berth in Pool B

‘Chain reaction pile up’ closes southbound traffic on Coquihalla Highway

Black Press Media has reached out to RCMP, paramedics for details

Federal minister to speak in North Okanagan

Greater Vernon Chamber welcomes middle class prosperity minister to talk money

B.C. lawyer, professor look to piloting a mental-health court

In November, Nova Scotia’s mental-health court program marked 10 years of existence

EDITORIAL: Thoughtless posts to Facebook cause real harm and stress

At the risk of resembling a broken record, it needs to be… Continue reading

Most Read