After an up and down week, the Okanagan Rockets find themselves exactly where they wanted to be, playing in a semi-final, just two wins away from realizing the ultimate goal.
It may not have been the preferred path, but the outcome is the same. Rockets general manager David Michaud isn't convinced that the adversity the club faced this week hasn't hurt them. "As they say, if it was easy, it wouldn't be worth winning. For our club to battle through even more adversity here this week and put forth the effort they did today, I think it speaks volumes to the clubs character. A lot of people were questioning us, but the players tuned it out put themselves right were we asked them to."
Standing in the way of the Rockets ultimate goal is the Prince Albert Mintos.
The Mintos have had a stellar Telus Cup after winning the West Regional over the Notre Dame Argos.
Claiming the top seed in the round robin, the Mintos were 3-0-2 in the 5 games, good for 8 points. The Rockets meanwhile were 1-1-3.
The two clubs played to a 1-1 tie on Wednesday as Gen Bryshun pulled the Rockets even with just 6:40 to go in regulation time. The Rockets outshot PA by a 32-24 margin in the game.
Special teams proved to be the Rockets un-doing in that contest as they went 0-6 with the man-advantage.
A Rockets power play that was so potent during the regular season and playoffs seemingly went cold at the wrong time for the Rockets at the Telus Cup. The power did show life in the Rockets final round robin contest against Toronto as it went 3 for 9. Okanagan finished the round robin with a 19.4 % efficiency rating. Prince Albert went 0-5 versus Kelowna and finished at just 13% for the event.
It will be a pure contrast in styles as the Rockets led the tournament in goals for with 22, while Prince Albert remarkably allowed just 3 goals in the 5 games, including two consecutive shutouts to finish the round robin.
The game can be watched at no-charge tomorrow afternoon starting at 1:00 pm PST atwww.hockeycanada.ca/teluscup.