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Royals down Rockets in shootout

October 30, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Kelowna Rockets News Release

The Kelowna Rockets fell the Victoria Royals 4-3 in a shootout Tuesday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria, B.C.

Ethan Ernst had two points for Kelowna, but the Royals came back from a two-goal deficit to force extra time.

Gary Haden (2) put the Royals in front first when took off on a breakaway after a Rockets defenceman became tied up with a linesman. Just before the end of the opening period, Pavel Novak (6) deflected a shot between his legs to tie up the game.

Sean Comrie (2) gave the Rockets their first lead of the game 3:12 into the second period, Elias Carmichael picked up his first WHL point with an assist on the go-ahead goal. Just over four minutes later, Ernst (1) cashed in on the odd-man rush to extend the Rockets lead. Shane Farkas then replaced Brock Gould in net for the Royals.

Will Warm (2) and Kaid Oliver (1) scored 1:44 apart early in the third period to tie the game.

A shootout was needed to determine a winner. Topping and Haden were both unsuccessful in the first round. Foote missed in the second round but Haden was successful for the Royals. Needing a goal to continue, Leif Mattson was denied.

The Rockets record is now 7-4-1-1.

Roman Basran stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced, his record moves to 6-3-1-1. The Royals outshot the Rockets 28-24.

Kelowna will face the Royals again tomorrow night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, puck drop is set for 7:05 pm.

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