The Tri-City Americans fell short on the road Wednesday night against Kelowna, losing 3-2 after Dylen McKinlay’s second-period goal for the Rockets.
Myles Bell’s hot two-goal start gave Kelowna the early lead, but the Americans came back later in the first period.
Connor Rankin scored at 10:53 on a power play, and Drydn Dow knocked in the tying goal for the Americans (16-9-1-1, 34 points) at 19:09. Michal Plutnar was credited with an assist on both goals.
But Kelowna (16-8-1-1, 34 points) edged ahead for good after McKinlay’s goal at 10:27 of the second period.
Eric Comrie stopped 20 shots for the Americans, who will head to Kamloops on Friday night. The Blazers (20-6-1-1) are the top team in the Western Hockey League with 42 points, but the Americans defeated them 4-2 on Nov. 10 at the Toyota Center.