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Rockets fall to Royals

Marissa Baecker

The Kelowna Rockets two-game win streak was snapped Friday night when the Victoria Royals defeated them 4-3 at Prospera Place.

Victoria’s Scott Walford (6) opened the scoring 3:39 into the game. Tanner Sidaway (5) extended the Royals lead to 2-0 ten seconds later when he beat Rockets stater, James Porter.  Nolan Foote (23) cut the lead in half when he got a rebound past Royals netminder, Griffen Outhouse. The Royals held a 2-1 lead after the opening frame.

Igor Martynov (6) re-established the Royals two-goal lead when he scored a power-play marker 4:15 into the second. Victoria lead the Rockets 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.

Lassi Thomson (11) picked off the corner to bring the Rockets within one goal 3:02 into the third period. Martynov (7) scored his second of the night at 3:34. Following that goal, Roman Basran replaced James Porter in net. Foote (24) brought the Rockets within one goal when he scored his second of the night 14:31 into the third while on the power play.

The Rockets record is now 19-23-3-1.

Basran stopped all four shots he faced in relief of Porter. Porter turned aside 13 of the 17 shots fired on him, his record moves to 6-10-2-1. Kelowna outshot the Royals 27-21.

The Rockets are back in action tomorrow night. They’ll host the B.C. Division-leading Vancouver Giants and top prospect Bowen Byram; puck drop is set for 7:05 pm.  Tickets are on sale at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.

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