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Colin Long scores game winning goal as Kelowna edges Seattle @NHL

SEATTLE - Kelowna scored three power play goals, including two in the third period, to beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-1 Saturday night.

The game-winning goal came 51 seconds into the third period when Colin Long's pass across the slot hit a Seattle defenseman's skate and went in.

Kelowna, the fifth seed in the Western Conference, leads the best-of-seven Western Hockey League series 2-0. Games 3 and 4 are scheduled in Kelowna on Monday and Tuesday.

Seattle, the fourth seed, scored first when Prab Rai tipped in a pass from Ian McKenzie with the T-birds on the power play at 10:03 of the first period.

Kelowna tied it at 5:04 of the second period on a power play goal by Tyler Myers. After Long's goal gave Kelowna the lead, Cody Almond scored Kelowna's third power play goal at 11:10 of the third period.

Kristofer Westblom had 23 saves to pick up the win for the Rockets.

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