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Rockets rally from two goal deficit to down T-Birds

October 12, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Kelowna Rockets News Release

Kelowna Rockets left wing Dillon Hamaliuk (front)
Kelowna Rockets left wing Dillon Hamaliuk (front)
(Kelowna Rockets, Credit: Marissa Baecker)

The Kelowna Rockets came back to down the Seattle Thunderbirds 8-3 Friday night at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, WA.

The Rockets trailed by two goals just past the ten-minute mark of the second period, but turned the tide following the media timeout during the second period.

Seattle captain Matthew Wedman (1) opened the scoring 4:37 into the game with a power-play goal that beat Rockets starter Roman Basran stick-side.

During the second period, the Thunderbirds went up 2-0 on another power-play goal, this time from Simon Kubicek (1). The momentum shifted after the media timeout and the Rockets exploded to take the lead. Nolan Foote (3) cut Seattle's lead in half with a power-play tally. Foote (4) tied the game up with his second of the game 1:14 later. Twenty seconds later, Alex Swetlikoff (2) pulled the Rockets in front of Seattle for the first time. Pavel Novak (4) extended the Rockets lead by two when he was able to fend off the Seattle defender on a partial breakaway. The Rockets headed into the second intermission up 4-2.

Seattle's Keltie Jeri-Leon (3) brought the Thunderbirds back within one 7:21 into the third period. Less than a minute later the T-Birds appeared to tie the game up, but the goal was waved off by the referees due to goaltender interference. Just over a minute later Kaedan Korczak (2) reestablished the Rockets two-goal lead. Dillon Hamaliuk (5), Mark Liwiski (1) and Michael Farren (1) also all found the back of the net.

The Rockets record is now 5-2-1-0.

Basran stopped 28 of the 31 shots fired on him, his record moves to 5-1-1-0. Kelowna outshot Seattle 39-31.

Come cheer on the Rockets tomorrow night as they take on Kamloops Blazers at 7:05 pm. Fans are invited to dress up for the Hershey Candy Scramble game. During the second intermission kids 12 and under will be invited to the ice to collect candy that will be scattered across the ice surface. Tickets are on sale at, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.

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Kelowna Rockets left wing Dillon Hamaliuk (front)
Kelowna Rockets left wing Dillon Hamaliuk (front)

(Marissa Baecker)

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