Rockets survive review, edge Chiefs
The Kelowna Rockets got a couple of monkey's off their collective backs Wednesday night in Spokane.
Not only did they snap a two game losing streak against the Chiefs in a 2-1 win, they did so by shaking off a shaky start to the third period to get the job done.
Cole Linaker scored the game winner with just 27 seconds left in regulation time to pull out the one goal victory.
Linaker and his teammates had to wait a few moments while replay officials reviewed the play to make sure it had not been kicked in.
Unlike a review of an earlier Rockets goal which determined Tyrell Goulbourne had knocked the puck in with a high stick, this one would stand up.
Linaker deflected home the winning goal on a goalmouth feed from defenceman Damon Severson.
Myles Bell scored the other Rockets goal, a power-play marker which opened the scoring nearly 15 minutes into the opening period.
The goal stood up until Reid Gow evened the score just 62 seconds into the third.
Unlike other nights the past few weeks the Rockets did not sag in the final period and hung around long enough for Linaker to notch his first game winner of the season.
Wednesday's win was the Rockets 24th on the road, tying a club record.
It was also career win number 84 for Jordon Cooke, moving him into second place on the Rockets all time wins list, one ahead of Kelly Guard. Adam Brown holds the club record with 107 wins.
The Rockets, winners of two straight, host the Prince George Cougars Friday.
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