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Rockets open Alberta swing with win

Minus two key forwards, Tyson Baillie picked a perfect time to continue his hot streak.

Baillie scored twice as the Kelowna Rockets opened a five game Alberta road swing with a 3-1 come-from-behind win over the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook Tuesday night.

Baillie, who scored twice in Saturday's 7-2 thumping of Prince Goerge now has four goals and three assists in his last three games.

Defenceman Colton Martin scored his second of the season which held up as the game winner.

The Rockets played Tuesday without team captain Colton Sissons who is expected to miss the entire road trip while he nurses an upper body injury.

Swedish forward Henrik Nyberg was also out of the line-up as he serves the first game of a two game suspension handed down by the league for a hit on Cougars forward Brett Roulston Saturday.

The Ice opened the scoring 90 seconds into the second period on a Kootenay power-play.

They clung to the one goal lead until Baillie's ninth on a power-play at 12:42 of the third put the Rockets back on even terms.

Martin scored the game winner less than two minutes later before Baillie iced it with his 10th at 18:35.

The Rockets connected on one of three chances with the man advantage while Kooteney finished the night 1-5 on the power-play.

After managing just four shots in the opening period the Rockets exploded for 29 over the final 40 minutes finishing the night with a 33-30 edge on the shot clock.

The win leaves the Rockets 11 points up on BC Division leading Kamloops after the Blazers edged Calgary 3-2 in a shootout.

Kelowna continues its five game road swing Wednesday night in Lethbridge.



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