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Cody Almond scores hat trick as Kelowna beats Vancouver 6-2

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Cody Almond had a hat-trick and Mikael Backlund added a goal and an assist to lead the Kelowna Giants to a 6-2 win over the Vancouver Giants in WHL action Friday night.

The win was the Rockets second in a row over the B.C Division Champion Giants.

The Rockets (36-20-1-3) were only able to muster 22 shots all game compared to 38 for the Giants (48-6-1-3).

But Mark Guggenberger looked strong in the Rockets net, while Tyson Sexsmith had an unusually shaky performance in the Vancouver goal.

Sexsmith was replaced by Jamie Tucker at the start of the third period.

The Rockets' third power play in the first period yielded their first goal. Colin Long was able to bang in his 17th of the season at 17:42 off a scramble in front of Sexssmith.

Gary Nunn tied the game with less than 30 seconds left in the first for Vancouver.

Casey Pierro-Zabotel found Nunn with a nice backhand pass from the corner and Nunn made no mistake from the right side.

With the assist, Pierro-Zabotel became the first Giants player to ever record 100 points in a season.

Despite being out played for most of the second period, Kelowna made the most of the few shots they had.

The Rockets had two goals from Almond and one each from Mikael Backlund and Evan Bloodoff in a nine minute, 15 second stretch in the period to build up a four goal lead at 5-1.

Vancouver got one back before the end of the period through Craig Cunningham who scored his 24th of the season at 18:39.

Almond rounded off his hat-trick at 13:08 of the third. The goal came on the power play as Almond scored after being left alone in the slot.

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