KELOWNA, British Columbia - For just the third time this season, the Tri-City Americans suffered back-to-back losses. This time, the loss came at the hands of an opponent who had not defeated Tri-City since the 2005-2006 season.
With just more than five minutes remaining in regulation, Evan Bloodoff notched the game-winning goal, as the Kelowna Rockets defeated the Tri-City Americans 3-1.
The sold-out crowd of 6,058 fans at Prospera Place saw the Rockets (14-10-0-0, 28 pts) defeat the Americans (14-7-0-2, 30 pts) for the first time since Feb.23, 2006, a span of 10 consecutive games.
Meanwhile, the Americans lost back-to-back games for the first time since their three-game losing skid in late October.
Tri-City also missed out on an opportunity take over possession of first place in the U.S. Division, as the Spokane Chiefs lost 2-0 in Regina.
In what has traditionally spelled success for Tri-City thus far this season, the Americans were the first to light up the scoreboard.
With 3:31 remaining in the first period, rookie Brendan Shinnimin took a Jordan Messier pass and beat Kelowna goaltender Kris Lazaruk.