By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
This series is not over yet.
The Tri-City Americans scored three goals in a span of 3:23 in the second period and held on for a 4-3 victory over the Kelowna Rockets before a crowd of 2,010 at Toyota Center.
“There are a lot of young guys in our room and it’s important for them to get that first playoff win, and against a very good team,” said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller. “I thought (Kelowna) came out hard early and we were on our heels. Once we got one, and then two, things turned around for us.”
The Rockets still lead the best-of-7 Western Conference first-round series 2-1, but Tri-City’s win extends the series to a Game 5 on Friday back at Prospera Place. Game 4 is today at Toyota Center.
“I thought they played really well all night long,” Kelowna coach Ryan Huska said of the Americans. “We have had a lot of games where we have come back. We had a lapse in the second and that cost us.”
It was the first playoff win for Americans goalie Eric Comrie, who stopped 52 of 55 shots.