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Rockets Lose 4th Straight

Kelowna Rockets always play the Vancouver Giants tough - especially at Prospera Place.

Over the past five seasons the Rockets had lost just three times in 20 regular season meetings with the Giants.

Saturday night was no exception.

Despite ending up on the wrong side of a 4-1 decision, their fourth loss in a row, the Rockets went toe-to-toe with the B.C. Division leaders.

The Giants weren't able to put away the pesky Rockets until J.D. Watt scored twice late in the final period, the last one into an empty net.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the third, the Rockets had several opportunities to tie the score.

The power-play, 21st and last in the Western Hockey League, had four straight chances during the final period, however Blaine Neufeld came up big in the Giants net.

Brandon McMillan, who had his best game in a Rocket uniform, had the best opportunity, but couldn't beat Neufeld from in close.

Neufeld also stoned McMillan on a partial breakaway early in a scoreless first period.

Brett Breitkreuz opened the scoring with his fifth of the season on a second period power-play.

The Giants scored two of their own with the man advantage to grab a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The Rockets finished the game 1-9 on the power-play. The Giants were 2-5.

Despite the loss, the Rockets remain two points up on fifth place Chilliwack in the battle for the final playoff spot in the B.C. Division after the Bruins fell 5-0 in Prince George.


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