Rockets fall in shootout

Home hasn't exactly been kind of late to the Kelowna Rockets.

The Rockets dropped their second in a row on home ice for the first time since mid-October, a 3-2 shootout loss to the lowly Edmonton Oil Kings.

They have now dropped three of their last five at home. Overall, they've won just three of their last nine, although two of those losses did come in extra time.

Trey Fix-Wolansky played the role of hero for the Oil Kings, scoring the lone goal in the shootout.

Fix-Wolanskyo went out wide to the left, cut to the middle of the ice, and beat James Porter to the blocker side.

Twice, the Rockets led Saturday, and twice the Oil Kings were able to come back and tie it.

Cal Foote got the Rockets on the board early in the first with a one-timer from the left point. The goal was his 15th of the season.

Connor McDonald tied it for the Oil Kings before the period ended.

Braydn Chizen restored the one goal lead six minutes into the second when his wrist shot hit something in front of the net and deflected past Todd Scott in the Edmonton net.

Former Rocket Tomas Soustal got that one back 10 minutes later when his shot from the slot beat Porter on the short side.

Both goaltenders stood tall the rest of the way, forcing the extra period.

"We got what we deserved," said Rockets head coach Jason Smith following the defeat.

"We didn't play good enough to win the game, plain and simple. We played the game tonight like we were exhausted, tired and slow."

Smith said the team didn't compete and battle well enough around the net to score any goals.

The single point Saturday allowed the Rockets to remain a single point up on the second place Victoria Royals in the BC Division. The Royals edged Vancouver 4-3 Saturday.

The Rockets continue their four game homestand Tuesday when the Prince George Cougars come to town.

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