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Backlund earns point in first WHL game as Rockets edge Americans

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KELOWNA, B.C. - Mikael Backlund recorded a point in his first Western Hockey League game as he helped the Kelowna Rockets rally to defeat the Tri-City Americans 3-2 on Wednesday night.

The Swedish forward earned an assist on Jamie Benn's 25th goal of the season midway through the third period, as the Rockets stormed back from a two-goal deficit with three unanswered goals in the final frame. Backlund was signed to Kelowna by the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

Cody Almond, with two goals, also scored for Kelowna (26-17-0-0).

Petr Stoklasa scored twice for Tri-City (30-12-0-2), which led 2-0 after 10 minutes and outshot Kelowna 17-3 in the first period. The Americans, however, were outshot 11-5 in the third.

Chet Pickard made 21 saves for the Americans, while Mark Guggenberger, in his first start for Kelowna, stopped 26 shots for the Rockets.

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