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Blazers eke past Rockets in OT

The Kelowna Rockets squandered a pair of two goal third period leads Monday falling 6-5 in overtime to the Kamloops Blazers.

Trailing 5-3 with less than eight minutes to go in regulation time Brendon Ranford connected on the first of three straight power-play goals to get the Blazers to with a goal.

Then with 22 seconds left in regulation and Ryan Olsen off for hooking Colin Smith snapped the equalizer past Jordon Cooke to force overtime.

In the extra period Chase Souto batted the game winner out of mid air with 15 seconds left and the Rockets again shorthanded.

Myles Bell scored twice for the Rockets, snapping a six game goalless drought giving him 29 on the year. Olsen, Carter Rigby and Damon Severson also scored for the Rockets.

On the AM1150 post game show, assistant coach Dan Lambert said despite the loss he was proud of the effort his team put in playing their fourth game in five nights.

"We got seven out of eight points. We knew this was going to be a tough stretch so we can't be too disappointed," says Lambert.

"If we were told before we would get seven points we would have taken it."

Lambert also gave the Blazers credit for not giving up.

"They were well rested. They played hard all night."

The teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes before the Rockets took what looked to be a commanding 4-2 lead into the final period.

The loss snapped the Rockets six game winning streak, however, they remain unbeaten in regulation time since Christmas going 14-0-2-0 over that stretch.

Cooke's personal 20 game winning streak also came to and end with the loss.

The Blazers pulled to within seven points of the BC Division leading Rockets with the win while the single point pulls Kelowna within three of WHL leading Portland.

The Rockets get a few well deserved days off before embarking on another three games in three night stretch beginning Thursday when they put their 21 game home ice winning streak on the line against the Victoria Royals.

Kelowna plays in Vancouver Friday before returning home to host the Giants Saturday.

That game Saturday will conclude an ugly stretch of seven games in 10 days.

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