The Thompson Blazers gave it their best shot on Sunday morning at Capital News Centre, but as the case has often been when these two clubs get together, it was the Okanagan Rockets skating away with a 3-1 win and a sweep of the weekend series.
The Rockets got goals from Carter Rhine (4th), Sam Binfet (9th), and Brett Witala (9th) in the win.
Jordan Reynolds was far busier than teammate Cole Demers was on Saturday as he turned aside 22 of the 23 shots the Blazers directed his way. The victory improves Reynolds overall record to 8-2-0 on the season with a 2.30 GAA and a .911 save %. The 8 wins for Reynolds leads the BCMML.
Aris Anagnostopoulos, a Kelowna resident who was a late cut of the Rockets before catching on with the Blazers took the loss in goal. Anagnostopoulos (0-12-1) was solid for the Blazers making 33 saves and keeping his club in the contest.
The win was the Rockets 5th straight over the Blazers after sweeping the season series last season. The CNC has never been kind to the Blazers as they have yet to post a win in the building since the league began keeping scores in 2006. The Rockets now hold a record of 16-0-1 at the CNC and 30-1-3 overall against the Blazers.
The Rockets, who are a perfect 5-0-0 away from home this year will no question have their toughest test of the season coming up in Prince George against a re-vamped Cariboo Cougars squad. It will be a potential 1st place battle as the Cougars lead the Rockets and NW Giants by 4 points in the overall standings. Cariboo (15-2-1) boast the BCMML's number one offence with 97 goals in 18 games.