The Okanagan Rockets defeated the South Island Royals 4-1 on Sunday morning at the Capital News Centre giving the locals a weekend sweep while improving their record to 4-2-0 on the young season.
After scoring just twice last weekend and losing the services of Lucas Cullen for an extended period of time, the Rockets knew they would have to dig down deep to get things back on track.
"I thought our players did a much better job of buying into what Dave Whistle and I have been preaching" said 1st year head coach Simon Ferguson. "We simplified things and did a much better job of supporting the puck in all 3 zones. It's still not perfect, but we will keep working on it."
The Rockets jumped on South Island with tons of early pressure and despite being out shot 15-11 in the opening period, the Rockets took a 2-0 lead to the locker room thanks to some steady goaltending from rookie Cole Demers and goals from Brett Witala (1st) and Sam Binfet (4th).
Marcus Mitchell celebrated his 16th birthday in style on Sunday as he scored a short handed goal in the 2nd, and rounded out the scoring in the 3rd for his team leading 7th and 8th goals of the season. Mitchell also chipped in with a pair of assists to give him 15 points in just 6 games.
Cole Demers made his 2nd start of the season on Sunday and was simply sensational. Demers allowed just 1 goal against on 37 shots to earn his 1st BCMML win. Demers wasn't beat until his 33rd shot against and even stopped a penalty shot in the 3rd period.
The win closed out the Rockets opening six game home stand. The club will not hit the road for a pair of games in Nanaimo next weekend against the North Island Silvertips on Saturday and Sunday.