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Shorthanded goal propels Rockets to victory

Monday, February 1st, 2010 | 5:00 am

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By Pieter Uni

Dallas Jackson was the overtime hero in Seattle and the Kelowna Rockets are now winners of six straight after a 2-1 OT victory over the Thunderbirds.

Jackson scored shorthanded, from Brandon McMillan, at the 4:06 mark of extra time and Mark Guggenberger made 26 saves as the Rockets now move into sixth spot in the Western Conference of the WHL.

Rockets forward Shane McColgan opened the scoring four minutes into the first period before Seattle tied the game late in the stanza thanks to Burnaby product Luke Lockhart.

The two teams battled hard to break the deadlock through the second and third periods, but the strong play of Guggenberger and Seattle’s Calvin Pickard was the story all night long. While Guggenberger picked up the win, it was Pickard who really stood out. The Winnipeg product, who is draft eligible this year, made 12 of his 36 saves in the third as the Rockets threw everything they had at the Seattle netminder in hopes of breaking the deadlock.

Kelowna’s 2-1 win was the second time the team have beaten the Thunderbirds this season after the Rockers knocked off Seattle 4-2 Wednesday.¬†Jackson’s shorthanded goal, his 21st of the year, was the fourth shorty the Rockets have scored in their last three games.

The Rockets are back in action Wednesday when they host the Edmonton.

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