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Rockets prevail in OT

Two players who could have a big impact on Kelowna's run up to the Memorial Cup put their offensive talents on display Saturday.

Trevor Wong, pressed into service due to injuries to forward Ted Brennan and Liam Kindree, scored his first WHL goal, while defenceman Lassi Thomson wired home the game winner on the power play as the Rockets edged the Kamloops Blazers 2-1 in overtime at Prospera Place.

With the game still scoreless in the third, the 15-year-old Wong got the Rockets on the scoreboard nearly four minutes in with Kelowna enjoying a five-minute man advantage.

Defenceman Kaeden Korczak raced down the right wing and sent a shot that Dylan Ferguson stopped with his right pad. The rebound went straight to Wong who buried the one-timer.

The Rockets were handed the lengthy power play when Montana Onyebuchi dropped the gloves and went after Kyle Crosbie.

Seconds after the penalty expired, Jermaine Loewen deflected a shot past Roman Basran to knot things at 1-1, and force overtime.

The Rockets were handed a man advantage late in the overtime period and, playing four-on-three, Thomson took a pass from Nolan Foote and picked the far corner from the left circle.

Thomson now has 31 points on the season, the most by any rookie defenceman.

Saturday's win moves the Rockets two points up on the Blazers in the battle for third in the BC Division.

The Blazers hold a game in hand.

The Rockets are off now until Wednesday when Spokane comes to town. Prince George is here Friday.



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