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Rockets bounce back, take down Giants

The Kelowna Rockets made sure their first loss in more than a month didn't turn into a losing streak.

The Rockets, who saw their 16 game winning streak snapped Friday in Vancouver, bounced back Saturday with a 4-2 win over the same Giants squad before a sold out crowd of more than 6,100 fans at Prospera Place.

Myles Bell scored twice, including the game winner, and chipped in with an assist to help the Rockets vault back into the win column.

Justin Kirkland and Carter Rigby also scored for the Rockets.

Cain Franson and Alec Baer replied for the Giants.

Bell got the Rockets on the board first with his 22nd of the season on a backhand from about 20 feel out in the slot.

After the Giants evened things up on a power-play late in the first Rigby re-established the one goal lead deflecting home a bullet from the right point off the stick of Jesse Lees.

Again the Giants would tie it setting up Bell's game winner.

Again it was Lees getting the play started as he fed a perfect diagonal pass to Bell from the right point. Bell's one-timer from the left circle beat Payton Lee with what proved to be the game winner.

Kirtkland added some insurance early in the third period when his backhand shot from behind the goal line managed to sneak between Lee and the goal post.

Saturday's win was the Rockets 33rd of the season improving their record to 33-4-0-2.

They remain 10 points clear of the Victoria Royals in the BC Division. Kelowna holds five games in hand.

Saturday's game was just the second home date for the Rockets over their past 12 games - but they don't get a chance to enjoy home cooking too long.

They play their next six away from Prospera Place beginning with a four game Alberta swing which begins Wednesday in Edmonton.

The Rockets don't play again at home until Jan 22 when the Everett Silvertips come to town.

 

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