Kelowna Rockets’ Boyko makes 54 saves in loss to Kamloops

It was a busy night for the Kelowna Rockets as they lost 5-2 to the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night.

In the second-to-last meeting of the season between these two teams, the Blazers fired 59 shots on Rockets goaltender Tayln Boyko.

After Kamloops took a 1-0 lead 3:18 into the game, the Rockets came back strong 86 seconds later when Grady Lenton rebounded home for his fourth goal of the season.

The Rockets trailed 3-1 after the first period as the Blazers scored two goals in 2:22 from Emmitt Finnie and Logan Stankoven on his return to the Kamloops lineup.

The second period was the busiest for Boyko as Kamloops fired 29 shots in the period. Boyko held on until the last minute of the period when Dylan Sydor scored to make it 4-1 in Kamloops.

In the third, the Rockets were able to find the back of the net when Dylan Wightman scored his 14th goal of the season on the power play.

But late in the frame, the Blazers would add an empty net on their 60th shot of the game to make it 5-2.

Despite the loss, Boyko’s 54 saves in a game was a career high.

Both teams will start again on Friday night as they wrap up their regular season series in Kelowna at Prospera Place. This should be fun because it’s Nickelodeon Night for the Children’s Miracle Network where the Rockets will be wearing specialty Spongebob Squarepants jerseys.

The puck drop is at 7:05 p.m.

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