The Okanagan Rockets simply didn't have it on Saturday night and suffered a 5-2 loss at the hands of the South Island Royals at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre on Saturday evening.
After a couple of early chances where they failed to capitalize, the Royals would score a pair of goals just 20 seconds apart to take a 2-0 lead with just over 5:00 mins to go in the opening period.
Marcus Mitchell (15th) pulled the Rockets to within one in the dying seconds of the 1st on the power play, and even with Brett Witala (12th) pulling the Rockets square at 2-2 early in the 2nd, the Rockets never gained the momentum to take the game over.
The Royals would catch a break of their own in the dying seconds of the 2nd period as Malloch gave them a 3-2 lead with just 14 seconds left in the frame. Jordan Reynolds lobbied unsuccessfully that the goal went in off a high stick. After a conference at centre, the Royals headed to the intermission with the lead, and the momentum.
South Island notched another quick pair half way through the 3rd period to chase Reynolds from the net with 11:40 remaining on the clock. Reynolds was certainly not at fault for the 5 goals against, however it was clear that Saturday was not his night. Reynolds finished the night with 21 saves on 26 shots. Cole Demers can in and finished the game, stopping all 6 Royals shots he faced.
"I just don't think we are doing enough of the little things right win with consistency" said head coach Simon Ferguson. "We need to be prepared to compete and work hard for a full 60 minutes, until then we will have some days like today."
The loss drops the Rockets to 16-6-1 on the season as they prepare to wrap up their season series tomorow at 9:45 am.