Rockets Edge Giants 5-4 in OT

Marissa Baecker

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Vancouver Giants 5-4 in overtime on Friday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna.

The Rockets opened the scoring as Gordie Ballhorn(2) ripped home a power play marker at 13:53 of the first. Ty Ronning(16) and Tyler Benson(3) responded for the Giants and Vancouver took a 2-1 lead into the middle frame.

Kelowna trailed by one until late in the period when Leif Mattson(6) evened things at 2-2. The Rockets and Giants remained tied after 40 minutes.

The Giants regained a one goal lead but it was short lived as Kole Lind(10) scored a shorthanded marker to knot things up once again. Conner Bruggen-Cate(2) pulled Kelowna ahead on the power play at 11:46, but the Giants kept the see-saw battle going striking back once again making it 4-4. Regulation time couldn’t solve anything and the game was headed to overtime.

In overtime Rockets Captain Cal Foote set up Carsen Twarynski(10) for the winner and Kelowna took it 5-4.

James Porter stopped 24 of the 28 shots he faced in the winning effort. His record improves to 6-2-2-0 on the season.

The Rockets improve to 9-6-2-1.

Kelowna is back in action tomorrow night when they host the Red Deer Rebels at Prospera Place. Puck drop is 7:05pm.

Following Saturday night the Rockets host the Edmonton Oil Kings on Tuesday, November 14th and then the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday, November 17th to end off their four game home stand.

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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