The Kelowna Rockets needed a shootout to come out victorious in their Western Hockey League season opener in Everett Saturday night.
Slovakian forward Filip Vasko scored the shootout winner for Kelowna as the Rockets earned two points for the win, defeating Everett 5-4.
Myles Bell and Spencer Main also scored in the shootout, which extended to seven shooters each, while Adam Brown allowed just two goals and also stopped a penalty shot in overtime to earn the win.
It looked like the Rockets would win the game in regulation but Everett scored two goals in 24 seconds with just two minutes to play in the third period, erasing a 4-2 Rockets lead and sending the game to overtime.
“It would have been nice to finish 4-2 but we’ll take the points,” said assistant coach Ryan Cuthbert on the AM 1150 post game show. “Those are things we can fix. At the end of the day we found a way to get two points out of it and that’s huge to start the year.”
Rockets rookie Tyson Baillie continued his hot start to his Kelowna Rockets career scoring once and adding an assist for the Rockets. Colton Sissons and Spencer Main also scored for Kelowna.
Baillie opened the scoring for the Rockets, who led 1-0 after the first period but trailed 2-1 after two periods of play. Sissons marker early in the third tied the game at 2-2 before Main and Chikie made the score 4-2.
Tyler Maxwell scored his second goal of the game to tie the game at 4-4 with under two minutes to play. Josh Birkholz and Josh Winquist also scored for Everett.
The Rockets now head back to Kelowna for another week of practice before playing its home opener on Saturday against the Vancouver Giants.