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Losing streak now at five as Rockets blown away by Hurricanes

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 | 9:40 pm

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Shane McColgan and his Rockets have now lost five in a row. (File photo Chris Stanford)

By Pieter Uni

The Kelowna Rockets are falling apart and it couldn’t be happening at a more inopportune time.

As the WHL playoffs loom near, the Rockets are now losers of five straight games after dropping a 3-2 decision in a shootout to the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Carter Bancks scored on Lethbridge’s fifth shot in the shootout to seal the win as the Hurricanes ended a six-game losing streak.

Brody Sutter put the home team ahead 1-0 in the first period before the Rockets responded when Geordie Wudrick banged in his 22nd game to even the score at one apiece. The Hurricanes retook the lead late in the second, off the stick Austin Fyten, but the Rockets again responded. With only seconds remaining in the third period, Mitchell Callahan’s 20th goal of the year forced overtime.

Nothing was solved in overtime and it took five shots in the shootout from each team to finally decide a winner.

After Wudrick scored on Kelowna’s first shot, Tyson Barrie, Shane McColgan, Dallas Jackson and Brett Bulmer were all stopped by Lethbridge’s Linden Rowat while Adam Brown couldn’t stop Fyten and Bancks as the Hurricanes won for only the second times in 10 games.

Brown made 26 saves through regulation and overtime in the loss.

The point from the shootout loss now gives the Rockets 64 on the season and leaves them in a tie for sixth spot with the Chilliwack Bruins in the Western Conference.

The Rockets now head to Edmonton, a team Kelowna have beat twice this season.

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