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Long's shootout goal propels Rockets 3-2 victory over Giants

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VANCOUVER - Colin Long's shootout goal gave the Kelowna Rockets a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Giants in WHL action Sunday.

Long roofed a shot over Giants goaltender Tyson Sexsmith on Kelowna's first shootout attempt. It was the only goal of the extra segment. The Rockets did not need to take their final attempt after goaltender Kristofer Westblom stopped all three Vancouver shooters.

Tyson Barrie and Cody Almond tallied for the Rockets (34-21-2-6) in regulation time before a disappointed season-high crowd of 14,279 at the Pacific Coliseum.

With the win, the Rockets avenged a loss to the Giants a night earlier in Kelowna.

Michal Repik and Mitch Czibere (43-13-2-5) tallied for the Giants, whose winning streak ended at six games.

Kelowna now has a 5-4 lead in the regular-season series between the B.C. rivals.

The Giants outshot the Rockets 37-22, but there were few dangerous scoring chances in the tight-checking affair. Kelowna went 1-for-5 on the power play while Vancouver was blanked on three man-advantage opportunities.

The Giants led 1-0 after the first period and the score was tied 2-2 after the second before the teams exchanged goals in the third.

Repik gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 5:10 of the first period after Kelowna goaltender Westblom made an errant pass behind the net and Spencer Machacek passed the puck out front. It was the first shot of the game by either team.

Barrie created a 1-1 tie on a power play at 15:30 of a penalty-filled middle frame, even though the Giants outshot the Rockets 16-6.

Almond put Kelowna ahead 2-1 at the 10-minute mark of the third period as he deflected in Tyler Myers' slapshot. But Czibere created a 2-2 deadlock only 11 seconds later as he tipped home Craig Cunningham's shot.

Vancouver played without left winger Lance Bouma, who is suspended indefinitely, pending a league disciplinary hearing after taking a kneeing major Saturday in Kelowna.

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