For the Okanagan Rockets, the math is simple. Win two games and they book their tickets to the clubs 1st ever national championship. The trick comes in the fact that those two wins must come against the two time defending national champions.
The Rockets have had their most successful season in club history, establishing many records along the way and in the process they claimed the 2nd BCMML championship.
The good news for the Rockets as they head to Red Deer is the fact that they are healthy and ready to go.
Cory Santoro remains sidelined after fracturing his finger during the Valley West series, and while replacing the 17 year old veteran is no small task, the Rockets are in perfect shape otherwise.
Filling Santoro's void once again is 16 year old forward Steven Fiust who helped the Rockets defeat the Giants March 21'st and 22nd in Vancouver. It was quite the week for Fiust who claimed a Tier 1 championship just 2 days before winning the BCMML crown.
"Having this break between our league finals and the Pacific Regionals was big for our hockey club" said Rockets general manager David Michaud "Between the BCMML, Mac's, KIMMT, and the playoffs, we have played a lot of hockey. This rest came at a good time for our group."
Thirteen days will have separated the Rockets from their win at the Burnaby Winter Club to the puck drop in game one of the Pacific finals.
The Rockets and Chiefs have a little familiarity with each other as they played to a 3-3 draw during the round robin portion of the Mac's.
"I think it helps having seen each other once, it provides a bit of a boost knowing that we matched up well against them. Obviously when you look at their resume, it can be a little bit intimidating, but we don't feel that we have to play second fiddle to anyone. This club was built with the intentions of going to Moose Jaw and we knew at the start of the season we would have to beat some pretty good teams to get there. I expect it to be a great display of midget hockey."
The Rockets will leave the Capital News Centre on Thursday morning and skate Friday morning in advance of game 1 on Friday night from the Red Deer Arena.
The voice of the Rockets Trevor Miller will make the trip and will have the call for all of the games onwww.playfullscreen.com.