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Rockets fizzle in PG opener

Just two days after lighting up the Vancouver Giants for five goals in the third period, the Kelowna Rockets had the favour returned to them.

The Prince George Cougars scored five times in the first period Friday and cruised to a 6-3 victory in the first half of a weekend set in the northern city.

The game was tied at 2-2 when the Cougars caught fire scoring three times in a span of less than five minutes late in the first period.

The first period uprising chased Jordon Cooke from the Rockets net.

Jackson Whistle played the final 40 minutes allowing one goal on 29 shots.

It's the first regular season action Whistle has seen in a Rockets uniform this season.

Zach Pochiro and Brock Hirsche each scored twice to lead the Cougars offensively.

Ryan Olson scored a pair for the Rockets while Colton Sissons added a shorthanded goal.

Olson actually got the Rockets on the board first, scoring just 90 seconds into the game.

The lead lasted just 90 seconds though as Pochiro tied it up with his first of two.

After the Cougars grabbed a one goal lead, Sissons tied things up before the Cougars rattled off three straight to take control.

Prince George outshot the Rockets 43-30 over the course of the 60 minutes.

The Rockets will try and earn a split when the two teams meet again Saturday in Prince George.

The loss snapped the Rockets modest two game winning streak.

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