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Royals edge Rockets 4-3 in OT in Victoria

Jon Howe

The Kelowna Rockets fell 4-3 in overtime to the Victoria Royals on Saturday night in Victoria.

The Royals took an early lead as Noah Gregor(19) beat Rockets goaltender James Porter at 3:52 of the opening stanza. Kole Lind(29) evened things up for Kelowna just under five minutes later before Cal Foote(14) gave the Rockets a 2-1 lead that they took into the first intermission.

Tanner Kaspick(19) evened things at 2-2 at 17:44 of the middle period and the game was tied after 40 minutes.

Conner Bruggen-Cate(16) regained the Rockets lead at 8:22 of the final stanza, but Gregor(20) notched his second of the night to even things up at 3-3. Regulation would solve nothing and the game needed overtime.

In overtime Kaspick(20) ended the Rockets night on a Royals power play at 2:22 of the extra frame. 4-3 Royals final.

James Porter’s record falls to 18-7-3-0 after stopping 34 of 38 shots he faced. Kelowna outshot Victoria 38-36.

Kelowna’s record falls to 33-17-4-1.

Join the Rockets at Prospera Place on Monday for their final meeting against the Victoria Royals this regular season in a Family Day matinee, with puck drop going at 2:05pm. There will be face painters in action, along with kids and family prizes to be won.

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

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