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Kelowna Rockets win ‘wild’ game against Wentachee in overtime

The Rockets now start a eight-game road trip
Goaltender Jari Kykkanen made 30 saves as the Kelowna Rockets beat the Wenatchee Wild 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Prospera Place. (@Kelowna_Rockets/X)

Don’t look now but the Kelowna Rockets are getting back on track.

After losing nine games in a row, the team has turned their game around with three wins in their last four games as they beat the Wenatchee Wild 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday night.

It was a fast start for the Rockets as forward Andrew Cristall found the back of the net just 47 seconds into the game to give Kelowna a 1-0 lead.

At the 9:15 mark of the first period, Wenatchee’s Dawson Seitz scored to tie the game 1-1.

However, the Rockets would regain their lead before the end of the frame when Ethan Neutens scored his third goal of the season at the 18:45 mark of the period. The 18-year-old forward continued to have the hot hand as he scored his second of the game, fourth goal of the season just 1:09 into the second period to make it 3-1.

Wenatchee clawed back in quick succession as they scored twice in 36 seconds to tie the game 3-3. The goals came from Briley Smith and Miles Cooper.

The tie game didn’t last long as a minute and a half later Rockets captain Gabriel Szturc found the back of the net to give the Rockets the lead once again.

Late in the third period, the Wild would tie the game once again as Luka Shcherbyna scored his third goal of the season.

The game went to overtime where Marek Rocak scored what could be the goal-of-the-season to give the Rockets the 5-4 win. Rocak used his speed and dangled through all three Wenatchee players on the ice and scored his fourth goal of the season.

Neutens, Cristall, Szturc, and Tij Iginla all had multi-point efforts in the game.

Rockets goaltender made 30 saves on 34 shots in the victory and never faced a shot in overtime.

With the win, the Rockets are back in a playoff spot as they sit eighth in the Western Conference with a 10-13-2-0 record.

The Rockets won’t be back on home ice until after Christmas as they get ready to embark on a massive eight-game road trip that sees stops in Vancouver, Seattle, Regina, Moose Jaw, Brandon, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and Kamloops. The first two stops in Vancouver and Seattle take place this weekend on Dec. 1 and 2. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. on Friday and 6:05 p.m. on Saturday.

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Jordy Cunningham

About the Author: Jordy Cunningham

Hailing from Ladner, B.C., I have been passionate about sports, especially baseball, since I was young. In 2018, I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree
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