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Rockets upend top dogs

The Kelowna Rockets made good on an opportunity to turn the tables on the B.C. Division leading Victoria Royals Friday night in the provincial capital.

Early in the season, the Rockets squandered a two goal lead, surrendering six unanswered second period goals in an 8-3 loss to the Royals.

Friday, it was the Rockets who fell behind early, but clawed their way back for a 4-2 victory.

Dillon Dube scored twice, including the game-clinching goal into an empty net to pace the Rockets. He also added an assist.

Cal Foote and Leif Mattson with the eventual game winner, also scored, while Kole Lind had a pair of assists, giving him a team-high 27 points.

The Royals led 2-1 after the opening period before Foote tied it on a Kelowna power play with a little more than two minutes to go in the second.

It looked like the game may stay that way into overtime, when Mattson played hero with his fourth at 16:50 of the third.

Mattson, injured in the season opener, has four goals and two assists since returning to the lineup six games ago.

Dube sealed it into an empty net in the final minute.

James Porter turned away 26 shots, and was called on to be particularly sharp midway through the third when Carsen Twarynski was handed a major for boarding. The Royals had a two-man advantage for a full minute, but were unable to break the time.

Two minutes after the major expired, Mattson scored the winner.

The same two teams meet again Saturday night in Victoria.

The Rockets then head back home to host Vancouver Friday and Red Deer Saturday.



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