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Rockets Earn Point in OT Setback

January 2, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Kelowna Rockets News Release

Kelowna Rockets right wing Pavel Novak vs. the Vancouver Giants
Kelowna Rockets right wing Pavel Novak vs. the Vancouver Giants
(Kelowna Rockets, Credit: Rob Wilton/Vancouver Giants)

The Kelowna Rockets battled back to extend their point streak to six games with a 4-3 loss in overtime to the Vancouver Giants at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, BC on Sunday night.

After back-to-back Rocket goals by Gabriel Szturc, the Rockets trailed by a goal heading into the third period. Jake Lee posted his 100th WHL regular-season point with an assist on Colton Dach's game-tying goal that forced overtime.

Tyson Feist found Gabriel Szturc (5) all alone in front of the Giants net 1:19 into the game. Just over ten minutes later Tanner Brown (3) responded for the Giants. Szturc (6) was credited with his second of the game after a Giant scored on his own net.

Kaden Kohle (3) and Ty Thorpe (10) pushed Vancouver ahead in the second period with back-to-back goals. Colton Dach (13) ripped home the game-tying goal on the power-play 13:07 into the third.

Lee nailed the post ten seconds into overtime, the play then shifted to the Rockets zone where Zack Ostapchuk (8) ended things just 30 seconds into overtime, jamming the game-winner past Boyko.

The Giants outshot the Rockets 34-23.

Making his seventh straight start, Talyn Boyko stopped 30 of the 34 shots fired on him. Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jesper Vikman turned aside 20 of 23 shots.

Kelowna's power play was one-for-two on the night, while Vancouver was zero-for-one on the man advantage.

The Rockets move to 16-9-1-3 on the season, they sit in second place in the B.C. Division with 36 points.

The Rockets next home game is Friday, January 7, when they'll host the Vancouver Giants at Prospera Place at 7:05 p.m.

With capacity at Prospera place capped at 50%, limited single-game tickets remain. Fans can purchase their tickets online at, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050. The box office is open 11:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and opens at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday home game days.

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Kelowna Rockets right wing Pavel Novak vs. the Vancouver Giants
Kelowna Rockets right wing Pavel Novak vs. the Vancouver Giants

(Rob Wilton/Vancouver Giants)

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