Rockets blow big lead

Squandering big leads has become commonplace for the Kelowna Rockets of late.

Wednesday night, it cost them two points.

The Rockets blew a 4-1 second period lead, losing 7-6 to the Prince George Cougars. The Cougars swept the back-to-back set in the Central B.C. city, after a 4-1 win Tuesday.

Kole Lind staked the Rockets to a 3-0 lead with a natural hat trick before the game was 16 minutes old.

Lind assisted on Connor Bruggen-Cate's 18th six minutes into the second, putting Kelowna up 4-1.

Then, the wheels fell off.

Aaron Boyd and former Rocket Brogan O'Brien cut the deficit to one before the period was out, then Jared Bethune tied it six minutes into the third.

After Erik Gardiner again put the Rockets up a goal, the Cougars took their first lead of the night with back-to-back goals to assume a 6-5 lead.

Cal Foote tied it with less than four minutes to go but, with Lind sitting in the box with a double minor for high sticking, Ilijah Colina connected on the power play with 18 seconds left to complete the comeback.

James Porter went the distance, allowing all seven goals om 40 shots.

The Rockets did get some good news Wednesday when Victoria lost 5-1 in Kamloops. Kelowna still holds a seven point lead on the Royals atop th4e BC Division standings.

Both teams have eight games left in the regular season.

The Rockets conclude their three-game road trip Friday in Everett.

They'll host Spokane Saturday.

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