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Rockets clean up Bears, beat Everett during first ever Teddy Bear Toss

The Kelowna Rockets beat Everett and collected thousands of teddy bears for Kelowna General Hospital on Friday night. - Marissa Baecker
The Kelowna Rockets beat Everett and collected thousands of teddy bears for Kelowna General Hospital on Friday night.
— image credit: Marissa Baecker

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Everett Silvertips 3-1 on Friday night at Prospera Place as the Rockets held its first ever Teddy Bear Toss, with thousands of bears being donated to Kelowna General Hospital.

Ryan Olsen scored twice for the Rockets while Damon Severson had the game winner as the Rockets won its 14th game in its past 15 contests to improve to 21-3-0-2 on the season.

After a scoreless first period, the Silvertips opened the scoring early in the second period. Down 1-0 Kelowna killed off a lengthy 5-on-3 power play and it seemed to spark the team as soon after Olsen scored his first goal of the game, bringing bears flying onto the ice.

Severson's winner came on the power play early in the third period and Olsen put home the insurance marker in the 3-1 win.

"We were physical and that was nice for us to be looking to be physical," said head coach Ryan Huska on the AM 1150 post game show. "They are not an easy team to play against but we grinded through it."

Jordon Cooke was stellar in the Rockets net again, stopping 26 of 27 shots to record the win.

The Teddy Bears will be donated to KGH and used in the emergency, children's and other wards at the hospital.

The Rockets are back in action on Saturday night in the team's final home game before Christmas, hosting the Kootenay Ice.

Tickets are available through www.selectyourtickets.com, at the box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.

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