VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Kelowna Rockets spoiled the coming home party for the Vancouver Giants, taking a 4-3 game over the reigning B.C. Division champions in Western Hockey League action Friday night.
Geordie Wudrick scored twice for the Rockets (34-31-6), while Adam Brown made 29 saves to record his 30th victory of the season. Brandon McMillan and Shane McColgan also tallied.
Milan Kytnar, Brendan Gallagher and Neil Manning replied for Vancouver (40-25-5). Goaltender Mark Segal stopped 25 shots.
The game was the first at Pacific Coliseum since Jan. 3. The Giants had been forced to play 27 games on the road and home games in Langley as a result of Pacific Coliseum being used as the host for figure skating and short-track speed skating during the Olympics.
The visitors opened the scoring at 3:15 of the first. McColgan received a pass from Brett Bulmer in the slot and snapped a quick wrist shot right over Mark Segals left shoulder.
Kelowna doubled their lead just over three minutes later McMillian saw his initial shot saved but Wudrick was all alone and he put the rebound into the unguarded net.
McMillan was put in on a breakaway just a few seconds after play resumed after the second goal and he faked Segal for his 21st goal of the season.
Kytnar got Vancouver on the board on the power play in the final few minutes of the first period. Kytnar was perfectly placed in front of the Kelowna net and was left unmarked to bang in a loose puck past Brown.
Vancouver reduced the deficit to one at the half way mark of the second period. With the Giants on the power play, Brett Breitkreuz found Manning alone on the slot and Manning went high with his wrist shot for his 16th goal of the season.
Gallagher's 40th goal of the season tied the game and set up a grandstand third period. Gallagher took a pass from James Wright and let a bad angle shot go that just made it over Browns shoulder.
Wudrick picked up the winner with just over five minutes left in the game. Segal gave up a big rebound on Lucas Bloodoff's shot and Wudrick picked up the loose puck front the left face-off circle and snapped his second goal of the night.