Kelowna taking a Rocket ride to Rimouski

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

KELOWNA -- In the end, the hole proved too deep for the Calgary Hitmen.

The Hitmen tried valiantly to fight back from a 3-0 series deficit in the Western Hockey League championship series but were eliminated with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Rockets last night.

Kelowna now moves on to represent the WHL in the Memorial Cup tournmanet in Rimouski, Que., later this month.

Rockets defenceman Tyson Barrie's powerplay goal at 8:13 of the extra frame finally put the Hitmen away.

Calgary sniper Joel Broda forced overtime with his 11th goal of the playoffs, beating Kelowna goalie Mark Guggenberger with 7:03 to play.

The Rockets owned a 44-25 advantage on the shot clock after regulation time.

Bostjan Golicic scored Calgary's other goal in the first period.

Colin Long and Lucas Bloodoff scored less than two minutes apart in the middle frame for the home side.

The Hitmen should have fed off a huge open-ice hit 1:30 into the second period when defenceman Michael Stone obliterated Mikael Backlund at the Kelowna blueline.

Rockets sniper Jamie Benn, seeing his first action since getting his bell rung in Game 2 of the series, jumped Stone and started wailing away. Instead of a major, Benn received a double minor.

The Rockets killed off both penalties and then slowly took over the momentum.

SCOTT.FISHER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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