The key in Sunday's win was a four goal second period. Damon Severson, Cody Chikie, Colton Sissons and Brett Lyon scored in a period where the visitors generated 21 shots on goal. Lyon's goal with four seconds left in the period was the game winner when he received a pass from Tyrell Goulbourne at the right face-off circle and knifed it high under the cross bar of T-Birds goaltender Calvin Pickard.
Sissons goal, his 26th of the season, came on the power play, which ended the night going 1 for 4. But it was the Rockets penalty killing unit that deserves the most credit after shutting out the T-Birds on three power opportunities and a crucial fourth chance with Goulbourne in the box late in the game and Pickard on the bench for the extra attacker.
Carter Rigby got into the act with a fight with T-Birds d-man Dave Sutter. It was Rigby's third fighting major of the season. Brett Bulmer also got into a fight with Brad Deagle, but that scrap was more of a wrestling match than anything. I thought both teams showed more emotion in the re-match after a hum-drum effort Friday night in Kelowna.
Jordon Cooke earned his 6th win of the season in a rare start. The 18 year-old's best save came against d-man Dave Sutter when the T-Birds were holding a 1-0 lead. Sutter received a nice cross-crease pass but saw his shot go directly into the path of the left pad of a sprawling Cooke.
The Rockets sit 11 points back of the Giants for 5th place in the Western Conference and now sit 12 points up on Seattle for 6th. Up next, a trip to Prince George for back to back games next weekend.