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Colin Long scores, adds three assists as Rockets hammer Wheat Kings 8-2 @NHLdotcom

KELOWNA, B.C. - Round 1 in the Battle of the Schenn Brothers went to Luke and the Kelowna Rockets.

Kelowna exploded for six goals in the second period as the Rockets cruised to an 8-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings in Western Hockey League play Thursday night. It was the first meeting between Luke and Brayden Schenn.

Colin Long, with a goal and three assists, Brady Leavold, with two goals and three assists, and Lucas Bloodoff, with two goals, paced Kelowna's offence. Tyler Myers, Cody Almond and Myles MacRae also scored. Although he wasn't tested much until late in the game, goaltender Kris Westblom was strong in making 23 saves.

Nathan Green and Jay Fehr replied late for the Wheat Kings, who couldn't sustain the momentum of Wednesday's thrilling 4-3 overtime victory in Vancouver.

Andrew Hayes started, but made only 11 saves on 15 shots before being replaced midway through the game. Joe Caligiuri allowed four goals on 14 shots in relief.

Luke Schenn, an 18-year-old defenceman tabbed as first-round NHL pick this summer, had two assists. Brayden Schenn, second in WHL rookie scoring as a 16 year old, was held off the board.

(Kelowna Daily Courier)

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