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.


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