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Cooke stands tall as Rockets down defending champs
The defending Western Hockey League champs didn't have an answer for Jordon Cooke.
The 20-year-old netminder stopped 41 shots Friday night at Prospera Place to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 6-2 victory over the Portland Winterhawks.
The Rockets, who led 3-1 after 40 minutes, called on Cooke to shut the door in the third period with 16 stops.
"I thought Portland cranked it up in the third period and, as a team, we didn't," said Rockets coach Ryan Huska. "But Jordon did and he's a big reason we won this game."
Myles Bell and Nick Merkley scored twice each for the Rockets, who will play host to the 'Hawks again on Saturday night.
Merkley, 16, now leads the Rockets with five goals this season.
"He's a special player," Huska said of Merkley. "The more confidence he gets, I think the more we'll see from him."
Riley Stadel and Colton Heffley also scored for Kelowna, now 4-0-0-1 on the season.
Alex Shoeborn and Taylor Leier tallied for Portland.