Matthew Wedman scored two late goals in Kelowna's 5-4 win

Rockets earn PG sweep

Matthew Wedman score goals two minutes apart late in the third period Tuesday, leading the Kelowna Rockets to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Prince George Cougars.

The win earned the Rockets a sweep of their two games in Prince George.

Down a goal with less than six minutes to go in regulation time, Wedman took a pass at the bottom of the right faceoff circle, and wired a sharp angle wrist shot past Taylor Gauthier.

Two minutes later, Wedman was at it again.

Dillon Hamaliuk did most of the work on the winner, circling around the net to the right half wall. He stopped, worked his way toward the corner then powered his way to the side of the net. Gauthier stopped the initial shot as he and Hamaliuk collided, allowing Wedman to sweep home the loose puck.

The two former Seattle Thunderbirds feasted on the Cougars, combining for six goals and three assists during the two wins.

Hamaliuk, Tyson Feist and Kyle Topping also scored for the Rockets.

The game was deadlocked at 2-2 after one with the Cougars taking a 3-2 lead into the third.

Topping tied it early before Cole Moberg beat Cole Schewbius for his second of the night to re-establish the one goal lead.

The Rockets outshot Prince George 39-28.

The Rockets have three wins and a shootout loss in four games under interim head coach Kris Mallette, who took over the reins a week ago.

The Rockets head home to face the Everett Silvertips Friday night to kick off a home-and-home.

Pavel Novak scored late in the 3rd leading the Rockets past PG

Rockets eke out victory

The Kelowna Rockets squandered a pair of third period leads Tuesday in Prince George.

Only this time, it was the Rockets who prevailed in the extra period, beating the hometown Cougars 5-4 in overtime in the first of back-to-back games in the northern city.

Dillon Hamaliuk netted the winner 2:17 into the overtime period, beating Tyler Brennan after a pretty feed from Alex Swetlikoff on a two-on-one break.

It was Hamaliuk's second goal of the game.

The goal capped off a wild third period that saw the teams combine for five goals, and the Cougars come back from two, and one goal deficits to force the extra period.

The Rockets led 2-1 after 40 minutes on goals from Kaeden Korczak in the first and Matthew Wedman in the second.

Then, the fireworks erupted.

Hamaliuk muscled his way to the front of the PG net and tapped home Pavel Novak's centering pass to put Kelowna up 3-1.

But, goals from Cole Moberg and Connor Bowie three minutes apart just past the midway point of the third pulled the Cougars even.

The Rockets retook the lead with less than three minutes to go in regulation when his wrist shot from the right circle beat Brennan.

As before, the Cougars battled back, and with Brennan on the bench for an extra attacker, Filip Koffer beat Roman Basran with 19.6 seconds left, forcing overtime.

The Rockets outshot Prince George 33-30, including the only two shots of the overtime period.

Kelowna is now 2-0-0-1 under interim head coach Kris Mallette.

The Rockets conclude their four-game road trip in Prince George Wednesday, before returning home to host the Everett Silvertips Friday.


Kelowna Rockets picked up three of four points in Victoria

Rockets get shootout point

It wasn't exactly what the Kelowna Rockets wanted but, after a tumultuous week, they'll take it.

The Rockets picked up three of a possible four points in Victoria following a 4-3 shootout loss to the Royals Saturday.

The defeat comes on the heels of Friday's 3-2 regulation time victory.

Kelowna led 3-1 at one point late in the second period, by a pair of goals from Brayden Tracey, one late in the second with the teams playing four-on-four, then 19 seconds into the third on a power play, knotted the game at 3-3.

Neither team scored the rest of the way and through overtime, forcing a shootout.

Kaid Oliver and Gary Haden both beat Roman Basran in the shootout to preserve the victory. Connor McDonald scored one for the Rockets, but it wasn't enough.

Kyle Topping opened the scoring just 74 seconds into the game. He assisted on Trevor Wong's fifth, giving Kelowna a 2-1 lead after 20.

Elias Carmichael's first career goal early in the second staked the Rockets to a two-goal lead before Tracey forced the game into overtime.

The Rockets continue their four-game road trip in Prince George with games Tuesday and Wednesday,.

They're back home Friday to host the Everett Silvertips.

Kelowna Rockets earned 3rd regulation win since Christmas

Mallette wins in debut

The Kelowna Rockets rewarded new interim head coach Kris Mallette with a victory in his first game running the bench.

Mallette, who replaced Adam Foote Wednesday, guided the Rockets to a 3-2 victory over the Victoria Royals Friday to open a four-game road trip.

Rookie Pavel Novak scored what proved to be the game winner late in the third period.

The goal, that gave Kelowna a 3-1 lead, loomed large when the Royals closed the gap just 39 seconds later.

The Rockets ran out the final three minutes to earn just their third regulation-time win since they returned from the Christmas break.

The game was scoreless through the first 34 minutes. Dillon Hamaliuk put an end to that when he stole the puck behind the Victoria net, circled into the low slot and beat Connor Martin with a backhand along the ice.

It was his third goal in four games.

Jake Lee doubled the lead minutes later. Off a faceoff in the Royals end, Matthew Wedman won the draw cleanly to Hamaliuk who tapped the puck back to Lee at the left point.

His wrist shot seemed to hit something and evade Martin. The assist was the 200th point of Wedman's WHL career.

The Royals got one back midway through the third, but with less than four minutes to go, Wedman and Jake Poole outbattled three Victoria defenders for the puck along the boards behind the Royals net.

Wedman found Novak in front. His initial shot was stopped, but Novak buried the rebound for his 21st of the season.

Roman Basran turned away 34 shots for his 19th win of the season.

The Rockets and Royals meet again Saturday in the provincial capital, before Kelowna heads north for games Tuesday and Wednesday in Prince George.

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