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Rockets bump mini-slump

The Kelowna Rockets snapped a two-game road losing streak Friday night with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Giants.

Dillon Dube scored what proved to be the game winner, snapping a 2-2 with a power play goal early in the third.

Twice the Rockets took one-goal lead, and twice, the Giants came back to tie before Dube's winner closed out the scoring.

Carsen Twarynski scored his 14th of the season to open the scoring just 91 seconds into the game, with the Rockets a man short.

Vancouver got that one back less than three minutes later on the power play.

Again, the Rockets assumed a one-goal lead when Kyle Topping scored 2:26 into the second on the power play.

Again, seconds later, the Giants tied it.

However, they did not have an answer for Dube's power play marker 3:13 into the third.

Jams Porter shut the door the rest of the way. Porter, the game's first star, turned away 30 shots, including 10 in the final period, to earn the victory.

The Rockets were without four regulars up front, Erik Gardiner, Kole Lind, Jack Cowell and Nolan Foote, all out with a variety of injuries. All are listed as day-to-day.

The win allowed the Rockets to keep pace with Victoria in the race for top spot in the BC Division. The Royals remained six points up, scoring twice in the final three minutes to edge Seattle 4-3.

Kelowna holds two games in hand.

The Rockets are back home Saturday, when they host the Central Division leading Medicine Hat Tigers.



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