Rockets win ugly in shootout
Nov 1, 2013 / 10:10 pm
The Kelowna Rockets have found ways to turn potential runaways into nail biters.
The script was the same Friday in Prince George.
Leading 4-1 midway through the first and 6-2 late in the second the Rockets needed a goal from Justin Kirkland to edge the hometown Cougars 7-6 in a shootout.
Kirkland beat Brett Zarowny in the third round of the shootout for the game winner. Myles Bell also scored in the shootout for the Rockets.
Kelowna jumped on the Cougars early and often building a 3-0 lead four-and-a-half minutes into the game on goals from Tyson Baillie and a pair from Bell.
Bell's second of the game on the Rockets sixth shot chased Cougars starter Ty Edwards from the net.
After Troy Bourke cut into the lead Baillie potted his second of the period to give Kelowna a 4-1 lead.
Kirkland and Kris Schmidli with his first Western Hockey League goal gave the Rockets what appeared to be an insurmountable 6-2 lead with 23 minutes left in the game.
Not so fast.
Jordan Tkatch scored a power-play goal late in the second before Zach Pochiro, Chasse Witala and Bourke with his second tied it in the third.
The Cougars thought they had netted the winner early in overtime, however, the goal was waved off for goaltender interference.
"We had a great start but then we took a lot of penalties in the second period and that hurt us," stated assistant coach Dan Lambert on the radio post game show.
"In the third we weren't moving our feet and a couple of D-men didn't show up. It wasn't our best effort but we got the win."
Jordon Cooke, who was named the CHL goalie of the week and the WHL goalie of the month was also not as sharp as he has been all season turning aside 34 of 40 shots he faced as the Rockets outshot Prince George 44-40.
Defenceman Madison Bowey had three assists for the Rockets in his first game since being named captain earlier in the week.
Bowey, in his third season with the club, was named the 18th captain in franchise history.
Myles Bell, Tyson Baillie and Damon Severson were named assistant captains.
Bowey and the Rockets are now 10-2-0-2 on the season.
They conclude the back-to-back set in PG Saturday before returning home to host Red Deer Wednesday.
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