Rockets fall 5-4 to Giants

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The Kelowna Rockets fell 5-4 to the Vancouver Giants in the Langley Events Centre on Friday night.

The first period showed a slow start for Kelowna. The Rockets found themselves down 2-0 until Calvin Thurkauf got them on the board. The score was 2-1 going into the second period.

Vancouver got a lucky one early in the middle frame as the Rockets had a missed pass back to the blue line on a delayed penalty that found a path all the way into the Kelowna net. The Giants would score another in the first half of the second period to hold a commanding 4-1 lead. Then the Rockets turned things around. Cal Foote scored a shorthanded goal to draw the Rockets back within two. Kyle Topping then tipped home Cal Foote's point shot and the Rockets were down 4-3 heading into the third.

Team Captain Rodney Southam scored on the power play on a scramble in front of the Vancouver net seven minutes into the final stanza to even things at 4-4. The score remained that way until the Giants took the lead with 3:25 remaining. The Rockets couldn't beat Ryan Kubic late and the game finished 5-4.

Brodan Salmond fell to 7-7-1-0 on the year.

Kelowna drops to 26-17-4-0 on the season.

The Rockets are right back in action on tomorrow night when they come back home to host the Portland Winterhawks at Prospera Place.

Tickets are available for Rockets home games through, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.

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