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Jamie Benn scores pair of goals as Rockets defeat Chiefs 4-1

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KELOWNA, B.C. - Jamie Benn scored twice for Kelowna, his 40th and 41st goals of the season, and linemate Colin Long recorded his 31st as the Kelowna Rockets downed the Spokane Chiefs 4-1 in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday night.

Mikael Backlund also scored for Kelowna (41-21-1-3), which led 2-0 and 3-1 at the period breaks. The Rockets' top line of Benn, Long and Backlund accounted for nine points. Long had a four-point night, including three assists.

Kelowna product Brady Calla, with his 14th goal, replied for Spokane (42-21-0-3), which was playing its second game in as many nights. On Tuesday, the Chiefs travelled to Seattle, posted a 4-2 win, then immediately left for Kelowna.

With the loss, the defending Memorial Cup champion Chiefs are now 0-3 in their four-game season series against the Rockets. The final meeting goes March 15, the final day of regular-season play.

Mark Guggenberger made 30 saves for the Rockets, who visit the Chilliwack Bruins on Friday night, then host the Vancouver Giants on Saturday evening. Dustin Tokarski made 25 saves for the Chiefs.

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