Rockets special teams a Giant killer
The Kelowna Rockets scored three times on the power-play and once short handed Saturday in a 4-2 victory in Vancouver.
Colton Heffley, Tyson Baillie, Madison Bowey and Cole Linaker all scored for the Rockets.
Anthony Ast and Jackson Houck replied for the Giants.
After a scoreless first period Ast put the Giants on the board first converting a rebound off Brett Kulak's point shot.
Colton Heffley got that one back with the first of three power-play goals as he jammed home Riley Stadel's rebound off a shot from the right circle.
Zack Franko and Justin Kirkland set up Tyson Baillie's 16th of the season to put the Rockets up 2-1.
Franko won a battle for the puck along the side boards, threw it behind the net to Kirkland who , while on his knees, found Baillie in front whose one-timer beat Jared Rathjen.
Moments after Baillie's goal Rathjen robbed Tyrell Goulbourne with a spectacular glove save after Goulbourne took a pass from Baillie on a two-on-nothing break.
Linaker scored what proved to be the game winner 90 seconds into the third when he converted a shorthanded two-on-one.
It was the Rockets fourth two-on-one break while short handed in the game.
After Houke brought the Giants to within one Bowey pounded home the Rockets third power-play goal with a blast from the point that deflected off a Giant defender and past Rathjen.
Rockets forward Kris Schmidli escaped serious injury when he was levelled by a vicious elbow to the head from Giants defenceman Shaun Dosanjh.
Dosanjh was assessed a major penalty for a hit to the head and a game misconduct.
The Rockets finished the night 3-6 with the man advantage while hold the the Giants off the score sheet on their four opportunities.
The win, which kicks off a four game road trip, was the Rockets 14th straight on the road and 14th straight overall - both team records.
The league record for consecutive road wins is 18 set by the 1999-2000 Calgary Hitmen while the mark for overall wins is 22 set by the 1967-1968 Estevan Bruins.
The Rockets now head south for back-to-back games in Portland Tuesday and Thursday before moving back up to Vancouver for a date with the Giants Friday. Kelowna and Vancouver meet again next Saturday at Prospera Place.
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