2nd period surge leads Rockets to win
Oct 19, 2013 / 9:45 pm
The Kelowna Rockets scored three times in a span of less than four minutes early in the second period Saturday and held on to beat the pesky Prince George Cougars 3-2 at Prospera Place.
A crowd of more than 5,000 watched as Tyrell Goulbourne, Damon Severson and Tyson Baillie with the eventual game winner erased a 1-0 deficit with goals 3:54 apart in the middle stanza.
"Those were some clutch goals," says Baillie, the game's first star.
"Our power-play has been really lately and those were two good goals by our power-play. And it was a nice goal by Goulbourne going to the net and tipping that one in."
The Cougars jumped on the Rockets early in the first when Chase Witala's shot from a sharp angle on a PG power-play snuck between Jordon Cooke and the post.
Goulbourne tied it with his second goal in as many names on a deft deflection in front of the Cougars net.
A minute late on a Rockets power-play Severson netted his fourth with a wrist shot that alluded a screened Ty Edwards in the Prince George net.
Baillie, on another power-play, banged home a rebound on the doorstep to give the Rockets a two goal cushion.
Carson Bolduc got that one back three minutes later but Cooke and the Rockets defence shut the door the rest of the way.
Rockets coach Ryan Huska credited a good power-play with swinging the momentum Kelowna's way.
"You expect your power-play to generate momentum. Tonight it scored a couple of goals for us and that's really the difference in the game," says Huska.
"Our power-play found a way to score two and they only got one."
Unlike other games at home against Victoria and Seattle where the Rockets blew third period leads, the team found a way to shut the door tonight.
"Jordon made a couple of good saves for us in the third but we played the right way in the third period," says Huska.
We got pucks deep and we made them play for long periods of time in their own zone. That's what we have to do consistently so we're pleased with our third period and finding a way to keep this win."
The Rockets were also more physical Saturday than they have been all season.
Huska says getting a body on an opponent and finishing checks is something that is starting to come.
"It's something we have to continually get better at. There are still times when we have opportunities to finish hits and we swing away," added Huska.
"It's something that is going to take a little while to change. It's habits most times but sometimes it's not the big hits that make the difference it's continually finishing your hits and by the third period people are tired because they don't like being hit all night long."
The Rockets outshot Prince George 36-23 on the night as Cooke picked up his sixth win of the season.
Saturday's game started about 10 minutes late after Prospera Place crews were forced to replace a pane of glass which shattered during the pre-game warm-up. Both teams were sent to their respective dressing rooms while the work was done.
Kelowna concludes its four game homestand Tuesday against Calgary before hitting the road for back-to-back games in Victoria next weekend and in Prince George the following weekend.
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