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Rockets face must win

Throw out whatever cliche you like.

Backs against the wall, do-or-die, there's no tomorrow.

They all apply to the Kelowna Rockets who find themselves in a must win situation tonight in game five of their best-of-seven Western Conference final with the Portland Winterhawks.

The Rockets trail the series 3-1 after dropping the last three games.

Kelowna's only win came back in game one, a week ago, when they erased a 3-0 deficit and beat the Winterhawks 5-4.

Since then the Rockets have managed to jump out to a quick lead only to see Portland come back all three times.

In order to have a chance to come back in the series the Rockets will have to stay out of the penalty box. Over the first four games of the series the Rockets have been shorthanded 29 times - the equivalent of nearly one full game.

They have given up eight goals to Portland's power-play while scoring just three times on 14 opportunities.

Assistant coach Dan Lambert says they have to come out and play as they did in game one.

"If we can do the things we want to do as as team whether it's in the offensive zone, the neutral zone or the defensive zone - if we play that way we can play with this team. But we can't do it for 20 minutes and think this game is over."

There are still 300 tickets remaining for tonight's fifth game.

Click here to order tickets on-line or you can purchase tickets through the box office at Prospera Place.

The Rockets are also encouraging fans to wear white tonight as part of the Rockets Playoff Whiteout.

Kelowna Firefighters will again be selling Playoff Whiteout T-shirts at the game with all proceeds going to the firefighters' charities.

"Games one and two were the loudest I have heard our rink, and it really gives us a big boost to hear our fans that loud," said Rockets defence man Damon Severson of two sellout crowds at Prospera Place in games one and two.

Faceoff is 7 p.m.


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