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Rockets Drop Playoff Opener

So much for "The Streak" and home ice advantage.

The visiting Vancouver Giants snapped the Rockets 28-game home ice unbeaten streak and wrestled away home ice advantage at the same time, beating the Kelowna Rockets 4-3 Friday night in game one of their best-of-seven first round playoff series.

Defenseman Conlon Seder snapped a 3-3 tie with a low hard shot from the right point with less than 8 minutes left in regulation time. The goal came after the Rockets had clawed their way back from a 3-1 second period deficit.

Tyler Mosienko and Brent Howarth with his 2nd of the night scored early in the final period to tie the game at 3. Triston Grant, Gilbert Brule and Adam Courchaine scored the other Giants goals, all in the middle period.

Vancouver was 1-5 on the power play, while the Rockets were 0-4 with the man advantage.

Game 2 in the series goes Saturday night at Prospera Place, before the series shifts to Vancouver for games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday.


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