Rockets-Se​attle game 5 Saturday in Kelowna

Kelowna Rockets-(1)

Kevin Parnell

March 29, 2013, Kelowna, BC (ISN) – The Kelowna Rockets and Seattle Thunderbirds will hit the ice at Prospera Place on Saturday night to continue what has been a surprising first round WHL playoff series that has the Rockets just a game away from elimination to the underdog Thunderbirds.

Game time Saturday from Prospera Place is 7:05 p.m. and tickets are available for the game.

Kelowna Rockets Tickers are available, charge by phone at 250-762-5050 or drop by the Prospera Place box office.

Seattle won three straight games in overtime to jump out to a 3-0 series lead before Kelowna played its steadiest game of the series in game four Wednesday, getting shutout goaltending by Jordon Cooke and three goals from its power play to send the series back to Kelowna.

The Rockets lost just five games all season at Prospera Place, but dropped the first two games of the series to Seattle in their own building, so Saturday will be looking to re-establish the home ice dominance that marked its 2012-13 WHL campaign.

T-Birds on the other hand have played an excellent series. Not many people gave them a chance but they outworked the Rockets to start the series and got the Kelowna team on its heels.

The Rockets are playing without several regulars in captain Colton Sissons (7-11 weeks), Carter Rigby and Mitchell Wheaton (both out for the season) as well as injured 20-year-old JT Barnett. But on Wednesday Tyson Baillie stepped up with a pair of markers and Zach Franko and Myles Bell also both scored for a Rockets team that had six players score more than 20 and 14 players score more than 10 goals during the regular season.

If the Rockets can force a game six, it will be played Tuesday in Seattle and a potential game seven would be Wednesday back in Kelowna.