Giants Unable to Overcome Rockets Friday

Steve Dunsmoor

For Immediate Release: February 3, 2023

Photo by: Steve Dunsmoor

Kelowna, BC – The Rockets tied the season series as they defeated the Vancouver Giants 5-4 Friday night. The Giants couldn’t stay out of the box, and Kelowna’s power play was the difference.

1st Period:

VAN: Julian Cull opened the scoring with a top-corner snipe from the high slot 2:00 into the game.

VAN: Damian Palmieri added to the Giants lead with a fantastic individual effort that was finished off with a wrap around 2:29 later.

KEL: Adam Kydd got the Rockets on the board with a power play goal on a net front redirection at 11:09 of the period.

KEL: Kelowna tied the game five minutes later with a goal from Ethan Mittelsteadt.

2nd Period:

KEL: Less than a minute into the second, Gabriel Szturc out home a powerplay goal on a 5 on 3  to put Kelowna ahead.

KEL: Carson Golder added to the Rockets lead 8:35 into the second with a goal off the rush.

3rd Period:

KEL: Jackson DeSouza made it 5-2 with a top-corner shot off the rush 6:53 into the final frame.

VAN: Ethan Semeniuk brought it to 5-3 on a rebound 1:12 later.

VAN: Jaden Lipinski brought the game back within one with a shorthanded goal on a breakaway at 18:38 of the third period.


Final Score: Vancouver 4 – Kelowna 5

Final Shots:

Vancouver: 29

Kelowna: 37

Jesper Vikman: 32/37 saves for Vancouver

Jari Kykannen: 25/29 saves for Kelowna

Vancouver Power Play: 0/4

Kelowna Power Play: 2/7

3 Stars:

1)   Golder (KEL)

2)   Szturc (KEL)

3)   Kydd (KEL)

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