The Okanagan Rockets overcame the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, and the officiating crew for a come from behind 3rd period win on Sunday afternoon at the Abbotsford Centre.
Trailing 3-2 after 40, the Rockets used 3rd period goals from Brandon Whistle and Levi Johnson to erase the deficit and come away with the 4-3 victory, their 11th of the season.
The Rockets were forced to kill 13 minor penalties in the contest, a day after killing 12 minors on Saturday. The penalty kill, backed by more stellar goaltending from rookie sensation Cole Demers was 12 for 13 in the win, and 22 for 25 on the weekend.
Also scoring for the Rockets on Sunday were Brett Witala (9th), and Jeffrey Schlegel (1st) with a short handed goal in the 2nd period.
As mentioned, Cole Demers was outstanding again for the Rockets as he turned aside 28 of the 31 shots the T-Birds directed his way. The Rockets managed just 22 shots of their own in the contest, their lowest total of the season to date.
The win vaults the Rockets overall record to 11-4-1, and a perfect 4-0-0 on the road. The 4 points on the weekend were enough to move them to within a single point of the Vancouver NW Giants for 2nd place in the BCMML's overall standings.
The Rockets will next take on the Thompson Blazers in a home-and-home set beginning next Saturday in Kamloops. The return affair is Sunday morning at 10:00 am at the Capital News Centre.