No shootout necessary this time.
After three straight results requiring the tiebreaker, the Kelowna Rockets did enough over 60 minutes, particularly over 20 minutes in the second period, to score a 4-3 victory over the host Seattle Thunderbirds in WHL action on Sunday evening.
“I thought we worked hard,” said Rockets head coach Ryan Huska, whose club was coming off a 2-1 shootout loss against Seattle at Prospera Place on Friday night, after previously beating Kamloops and Vancouver thanks to the extra session.
“We did a good job of trying to wear them down as the game went on and I liked the way we played tonight,” continued Huska, whose Rockets outshot Seattle in every period and 44-28 overall.
Kelowna was paced by two players who will represent the Rockets in this week’s CHL Top Prospects Game, as captain Colton Sissons netted his team-leading 26th goal and added an assist, while defenceman Damon Severson also scored.
Their efforts highlighted a four-goal second period for the Rockets (23-23-2-3), who also got tallies from Cody Chikie and Brett Lyon, who bagged the winner with four seconds left in the middle frame. Backup goalie Jordon Cooke made 25 saves as sixth-place Kelowna finished January at 9-4-0-1.
Chance Lund, Cason Machacek and Luke Lockhart replied for the Thunderbirds (17-28-1-1), who also got peppered 8-3 by Portland on Saturday. Standout goalie Calvin Pickard took both losses, despite making 40 saves against Kelowna.