KELOWNA, B.C. - Mikael Backlund scored the game-winning goal for Kelowna in overtime as the Rockets defeated the Everett Silvertips 2-1 in WHL action on Friday night.
Colin Long, with his 24th goal of the season, also scored for Kelowna (31-19-1-2), which soundly outplayed Everett and outshot the Silvertips 47-16 yet trailed 1-0 late into the third period. With the win, the Rockets now have points in their last seven games (5-0-1-1).
Tyler Maxwell, with his 20th goal, replied for Everett (22-23-7-2). A rebound into a half-empty net following a Byron Froese backhand from the left post, Maxwell's marker opened the scoring at 4:18 of the third following a scoreless first and second.
Thomas Heemskerk, the game's first star, made 45 saves for the Silvertips.
At the other end, Mark Guggenberger turned aside 15 shots for the Rockets, who entertain the Kamloops Blazers (26-25-1-4) Saturday night at Prospera Place.