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Americans Fall to Kelowna 7-1

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by Tri-City Americans Media Relations

KELOWNA, B.C. - The Kelowna Rockets (34-7-3-0, 71 pts) showed why they are the top team in the WHL, taking down the Tri-City Americans (20-21-0-2, 42 pts) 7-1 in front of 5,006 fans at Prospera Place on Wednesday night.

Kelowna got on the board 8:54 into the period, as Rourke Chartier picked up a loose puck in the Americans zone and slipped the puck into the net to make it 1-0. Less than six minutes later, the Americans fell into a 2-0 hole as a turnover in the Americans zone set up Rodney Southam to deflect a pass into the net. The Rockets had a 9-5 shot advantage in the first period and carried the momentum going into the second period.

The Rockets went up 3-0 six minutes into the second period as Justin Kirkland slapped home the puck. Tri-City fought to get a goal to get back into the game, and they got one late in the second. Brian Williams fired a shot from the point on the power play that got through traffic and into the net to cut the Kelowna lead to 3-1 heading into the third period.

Tri-City looked to get back into the game in the third period, but the Rockets shut the door quickly as Chartier scored his second goal of the game less than a minute into the third to put the Rockets up 4-1. Dillon Dube scored a power play goal midway through the third, Chance Braid added a late power play goal and Dube scored his second goal of the game in the final minute to cap off the six goal win.  
The Americans recorded 12 penalty minutes and were 1-of-6 with the man advantage. Kelowna also had 12 penalty minutes and was 2-of-5 on the power play.

Evan Sarthou stopped 28 shots in a losing effort while Jackson Whistle made 19 saves in the win.

The Americans will travel a short distance south and have a day off before facing the Vancouver Giants (19-21-1-1, 40 pts) on Friday, Jan. 16, at Pacific Coliseum. Game time is at 7:35 p.m. The Americans and Giants have played once this season, with Vancouver earning a 6-2 win on Nov. 12 in Vancouver. 

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