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Rockets Alberta trip opens on sour note

After reeling off 16 wins in a row the Kelowna Rockets have now dropped two of their last three and two straight on the road.

The Rockets opened up a four game Alberta road trip Wednesday falling 4-2 to the Edmonton Oil Kings.

In a battle between two of the top goaltenders in the Western Hockey League Edmonton's Tristan Jarry got the better of Rockets Jordon Cooke.

Jarry turned aside 43 shots in posting his 25th win of the season, equalling Cooke at the top of that category.

Brandon Baddock scored twice, including the eventual game winner on a power-play midway through the third and the insurance goal into an empty net for the Oil Kings.

Carter Rigby and Myles Bell with his team leading 24th scored for the Rockets.

Rigby tied the game at 1-1 late in the first while Bell's goal with three minutes left in regulation time pulled the Rockets with a goal and gave the team the opportunity to get the equalizer.

That was snuffed out when Baddock hit the open cage with four seconds left.

The Rockets outshot 45-36 but we able to beat Jarry just twice.

Kelowna is off Thursday before continuing their trip in Lethbridge Friday, Medicine Hat Saturday and Calgary Sunday.

The loss came on a day when the Rockets made a pair of trades involving 20 year old players.

The Rockets acquired overage forward Marek Tvrdon from Vancouver and, to make room on the roster, moved veteran forward Zach Franko to the Kootenay Ice.

Both deals involved bantam draft picks.

Tvrdon, who has been playing in the East Coach Hockey League this season is expected to join the Rockets on their current road trip.


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