Road to Redemption?
After puting in one of their most ho-hum efforts of the season on Saturday, the Rockets felt they had to amp up the effort heading into the final game of the season against the Greater Vancouver Canadians, a potential 1st round playoff opponent for the Rockets.
After a listless opening period on Sunday, the Rockets regained their form and emerged with a 4-1 win over the Canadians. The win earned the Rockets the seasonal series against the Canadians as well with a record of 2-1-1 in the 4 games.
"We absolutely viewed today's game as a playoff type game. As a staff we haven't been pleased the past several weeks with our compete level and we challenged them to get back to our brand of hockey" said Rockets general manager David Michaud. "You can't just flick a switch back to on because the playoffs are around the corner. It's a process and we have start it now. Today was a great step in the right direction."
The Rockets got 2nd period goals from Liam Finlay (9th) and Cory Santoro (12th), before putting the game away in the 3rd with markers from Justin Marreck (12th) and Brett Mennear (22nd).
Reid Kilburn picked up win number 13 on the season while making 20 saves on the day.
The win gives the Rockets a record of 24-7-5 on the year. The Rockets moved to within 4 points of the idle Cariboo Cougars with 4 games remaining.
The Rockets will now host the 1st place Vancouver NW Giants next weekend at the Capital News Centre. Games are set for Saturday at 3:00 pm and Sunday at 10:00 am. The Rockets tied the Giants 2-2 and defeated them 7-3 in their two previous match ups at the Burnaby Winter Club.