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Rockets avaoid elimination by blanking Thunderbirds

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KENT, Wash. - The Kelowna Rockets used their power play on Wednesday to avoid elimination as they defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-0 in Western Hockey League playoff action.

Tyson Baillie scored twice on the power play and Myles Bell had another goal with the man advantage to give Kelowna a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

Zach Franko scored at even strength midway through the third period for the Rockets, who trail the first-round series 3-1, while Jordon Cooke made 25 saves for the shutout.

Brandon Glover turned away 33 shots in defeat for the Thunderbirds.

Kelowna finished the game 3 for 7 on the power play while Seattle failed to score on eight chances with the man advantage.

The seventh-seeded Thunderbirds, who finished the regular season with 26 fewer wins and 50 less points than the second-seeded Rockets, needed overtime in each of their three victories so far in the series.

Game 5 is set for Saturday when the Rockets host the Thunderbirds at Prospera Place.

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