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Bloodoff scores OT winner as Rockets tie series with 4-3 win over Seattle

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KELOWNA, B.C. - Lucas Bloodoff scored the overtime-winner for Kelowna as the Rockets defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-3 on Saturday, tying the WHL best-of-seven quarter-final series 3-3.

Luke Schenn earned three points with a goal and two assists, while Brady Leavold, with his fifth post-season goal, and rookie defenceman Tyson Barrie also scored for Kelowna. Colin Long also had two assists for the Rockets

Sena Acolatse, Ian McKenzie and Greg Scott, who forced overtime, replied for Seattle.

Seattle led 1-0 after a physical, hard-hitting first period, but Kelowna scored two quick goals in the second to go up 2-1. However, McKenzie jammed home a backhand with 3.9 seconds left in the frame to tie it for Seattle.

In the third, Barrie scored a highlight-reel goal to make it 3-2 Kelowna. With the Rockets on a 5-on-3 power play, Barrie weaved through a thin opening from the blue-line to Seattle's crease, then went high glove-side.

Seattle forced overtime in the final minute when Scott banked in a sharp-angle shot with 27 seconds left. The goal came with Seattle on the power play and the T-Birds having pulled their goalie.

Bloodoff scored midway through overtime with a sharp-angle goal.

Five of Saturday's six regulation-time goals came on the power play.

Kris Westblom made 19 stops for the Rockets, while Riku Helenius turned aside 28 shots for the Thunderbirds.

Game Seven takes place Tuesday in Seattle.

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