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Rockets survive scare, win in SO

Marek Tvrdon, the Rockets big trade deadline acquisition is starting to pay dividends.

Tvrdon extended his point streak to five games Wednesday with a pair of goals including a key third period marker leading Kelowna to a 4-3 shootout win in Tri-City.

The 20-year-old Slovakia, acquired for a second round bantam pick, opened the scoring in the first period then scored a spectacular goal late in regulation time to even the score at 3-3 to set up overtime.

Tvrdon has three goals and three assists in his last two games and 10 points over the last five.

Myles Bell scored the other regulation time goal, his 40th of the season. He becomes the first Rocket to score 40 since Geordie Wudrick scored 43 four seasons ago.

Bell also scored the only goal in the shootout.

Kelowna led 2-0 after one on goals from Tvrdon and Bell shorthanded.

The Americans roared back with three unanswered goals to take their first lead of the game.

Brian Williams got the Americans on the board in the second before Beau McCue and Michal Plutnar early in the third put the Ams up by one.

Tvrdon's ninth of the year with 5:15 to go in regulation time sent the game to overtime.

The Rockets also got a pair of assists from Rourke Chartier who has five assists over his last two games.

Kelowna outshot the Americans 42-28 including 3-1 in overtime.

The win was the Rockets 50th of the season, two shy of tying the club record of 52 set just a year ago. With 104 points the Rockets are also five back of the club record of 109 set in the 2002-2003 season.

More importantly Kelowna is seven points up on the Portland Winterhawks in the battle for top spot in the WHL standing.

Both teams have nine games remaining in the regular season.

The Rockets return home to host the Vancouver Giants in the first of back-to-back games Friday at Prospera Place.

The two teams meet again Saturday back in Vancouver.


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