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Blazers Edge Kelowna Rockets 5-4 in OT in WHL
The Kamloops Blazers defeated the Kelowna Rockets 5-4 in overtime on Friday night in the fist of two games between the teams this weekend.
The Rockets led 4-1 after the first period, but Kamloops scored the next three goals to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Chase Schaber's screened shot with just 24 seconds to play in overtime was the game winner after a wild overtime that saw the teams each penalized once.
"They're the top team in the league for a reason they know how to win," said assistant coach Dan Lambert on the AM 1150 post game show. "They put a lot of pressure on us and we made some bad decisions with the puck."
The Rockets scored four times in the first period and took a 4-1 lead into the dressing room after twenty minutes. Brett Bulmer scored twice, his 22nd and 23rd goals of the season while Carter Rigby scored his 15th. Tanner Moar added his 4th.
Adam Brown faced 44 shots in net for Kelowna.
JC Lipon cut the Rockets lead to 4-2 in the second period before the Blazers tied the game at 4-4 with two third period goals. Colin Smith scored twice for the Blazers while Brendan Ranford also scored.
"It takes 60 minutes to beat a good team," said Lambert. "The nice thing about hockey is you can't sulk or feel sorry for yourself. We have to get a big effort from our team tomorrow night. There were a lot of positives we can take out of this game. Our power play was as good as it has looked in months."
The Rockets and Blazers meet again Saturday night in Kelowna.
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