With first place in the division on the line, the Kelowna Rockets snapped the Giants five game home win streaking, defeating Vancouver 4-2 Wednesday night at the Pacific Coliseum in front of 5,877 fans. The Rockets and Giants are now tied with 65 points on the season, but Kelowna takes over first place in the B.C. division because they have two more wins and a game in hand.
The Giants drew first blood just 34 seconds into the hockey game as Spencer Bennett buried his 28th of the season. However, the Rockets would strike back with two of their own, one on the power play, to take a 2-1 lead into the 1st intermission.
The Rockets extended their lead in the second, scoring another goal with the man advantage, to put them in front 3-1. Andrej Stastny cut the lead to one with his 8th goal of the season, but the Rockets would counter 37 seconds later as Colton Sissons found the back of the net for the third time on the night, registering his first career hat trick. Kelowna led 4-2 through 40 minutes.
In the third period, Vancouver fired 15 shots on net, but none would beat Adam Brown. Despite outshooting the Rockets 42-22, Vancouver lost 4-2. Brown made 42 saves for the win. Mark Segal suffered his 11th loss of the year, making 17 saves on the night. Vancouver was 0-for-2 on the power play, while Kelowna was 2-for-3.
The Giants are back in action Friday night when they welcome the Seattle Thunderbirds to the Pacific Coliseum. Game time is 7:30pm. The pregame show begins at 7:00pm on AM 650.