Thursday, May 14, 2015

Former Vipers Associate Coach Mallette Wins WHL Championship:

Former Vernon Vipers Associate Coach Kris Mallette & the Kelowna
Rockets defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-0 on Wednesday night, winning the WHL Championship in four games, qualifying to the Memorial Cup.

Here are the Game highlight's from Game 4 last night,

For more on the Rockets visit Regan Bartel's Kelowna Rockets Blog,

Mallette a Rocket Alumni & current Rockets Assistant Coach was an Associate Coach with the Vipers last year (2013-14) before leaving the Vipers for the Rockets on July 4th 2014. Mallette was selected 62nd overall in Round 3 at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers played ten years in the Minor Pros with Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Asheville, Elmira, Colorado, Youngstown, Laredo and Flint before starting his coaching career.

Kris Mallette's Players-Coaches Profile:

This is posted on the Rockets website:

Rockets Win WHL Championship

May 13, 2015

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-0 on Wednesday night at Prospera Place, winning the WHL Championship in four games and qualifying to play in the 2015 Memorial Cup.

Leon Draisaitl, Rourke Chartier and Nick Merkley scored for the Rockets as they claimed the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions in front of the largest crowd in Prospera Place since 2004 as 6,428 cheered the Rockets onto victory.

It's the Rockets fourth WHL Championship after winning it in 2003, 2005, 2009 and now 2015.

Game four was a tightly contested game that scoreless through two periods of play before the Rockets took control with two short-handed goals on the same penalty.

First Leon Draisaitl opened the scoring on a nice passing play and then just 19 seconds later, Chartier scored his 13th of the season to give Kelowna a 2-0 lead early in the third period.

Merkley would add the insurance goal later and Jackson Whistle shut the door for his fourth shutout of the WHL Playoffs.

The Memorial Cup in Quebec City opens next Thursday and the Rockets will play the host Quebec Ramparts on Friday May 22.

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