The Kelowna Rockets rebounded from their opening loss at the Memorial Cup in a big way, downing Rimouski 7-3 on Monday. Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl finished +3 with two goals and an assist in the win.
Nick Merkley opened scoring just 52 seconds into the game, setting the tone for the rest of the night. Draisaitl recorded an assist on the goal.
Madison Bowey’s shot from the point banked in off the post at 6:16 of the first for a 2-0 Kelowna lead.
Gage Quinney made it 3-0 at 14:27, getting his shot through traffic in front of the net.
Rimouski made a comeback bid at the end of the first, scoring at 15:14 and 18:14 to make it 3-2.
However, Kelowna bounced back in the second with three unanswered goals. Quinney potted a power-play tally at 1:52 of the middle frame. Merkley followed that up at 10:42.
Draisaitl, the Oilers third-overall pick in 2014, scored during 4-on-4 play at 13:18 of that same period. He patiently waited in the slot as the puck moved down low, jumping up at the right moment to bury a pass by Dillon Dube for the 6-2 lead.
Frederik Gauthier tallied a power play goal at 13:36 of the third to pull Rimouski to within three.
Draisaitl potted his second goal of the night, shorthanded, at 14:16 of the final frame on a magnificent solo effort down the right side, making it 7-3 and leading Kelowna to their first victory of the tournament.
The Rockets conclude round-robin play vs. Oshawa Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. EDT.