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Rockets behind 8-ball, fall again in OT

The Kelowna Rockets will try and do what has only been done once before in the Western Hockey League - win a playoff series after trailing three games to none.

The Rockets find themselves in that hole after falling 3-2 in overtime in Seattle Tuesday night.

The T-Birds lead the best-of-seven first round series 3-0 - all three wins coming in overtime.

Only the Spokane Chiefs in 1996 were able to come back from 3-0 down after losing the first three games to the Portland Winterhawks.

Evan Wardley scored what proved to be the game winner when his wrist shot from the point found its way past Jordon Cooke blocker side.

The goal came minutes after the Rockets squandered a chance to win in the extra period when the T-Birds took a penalty for having too many men on the ice.

For the third game in this series the Rockets scored first, in fact they would jump out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period but were unable to beat Brandon Glover between the Seattle pipes the rest of the way.

Zach Franko scored on the power-play at 3:06 while Cody Fowlie scored his first of the playoffs three minutes later to give the Rockets the start they were looking for.

Seattle chipped away getting a goal from Roberts Lipsbergs before the end of the first and a last minute tally from Jesse Forsberg in the second.

Both teams had chances in the third on the power-play but were unable to forge ahead setting up overtime and Wardley's game winner.

"I thought we moved the puck around okay at times on the power-play but again they are paying a price. When a team is playing like they are you need to want to score those ugly goals," assistant coach Dan Lambert stated on the post game radio broadcast.

"Right now when you look at the big picture they are scoring those ugly goals and we're not. That's been the difference in this series, specifically tonight."

Lambert says the team got the start they were looking for but were not able to sustain that once the T-Birds started pushing back.

"The problem is when they started pushing back we didn't have a response. We didn't come back at them. We were caught on our heels and maybe for 15 to 25 minutes we were on heels and it looked like we didn't want pucks badly,"  says Lambert.

The Rockets managed just three shots in the second period when the T-Birds took the game over.

Lambert says the T-Birds seem willing to pay more of a price than the Rockets right now.

The Rockets don't have long to figure it out with game four and, potentially the Rockets final game of the season, Wednesday night.

"Right now there's no pressure. We just have to come out and play one period at a time and see where it takes us."

If the Rockets are able to win Wednesday, game five in the series would go Saturday at Prospera Place.



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