The Okanagan Rockets moved to 1-1-0 at KIMMT and kept their hopes of repeating alive thanks to a 4-2 early morning win on Thursday over the Compete Academy Rams from Idaho.
The Rockets got a pair of goals from 15 year old assistant captain Lucas Cullen, while 15 year old goaltender Cole Demers earned the victory while stopping 22 of 24 Rams shots.
After a 2-1 loss to the Delta U18 Wild on Wednesday's tournament opener, Thursday's win was essential for the Rockets to have any hope of advancing to Saturday's semi-finals, and a chance at repeating as tournament champions.
The road is still a long one for the Rockets who both the Saskatoon Contacts, and OHA White, both of whom are off to perfect 2-0-0 starts. The bright spot for the Rockets is the fact they still control their own destiny with games ahead against both clubs.
First up comes at 5:00 this afternoon as they take on OHA White. Regarded by many as the most talented midget hockey teams on paper in the west with a whopping 7 WHL 1st round picks, the two clubs put on a show back in September during the Rockets annual Ice Breaker exhibition weekend. OHA edged the Rockets 5-4 in front of a packed CNC, and most expect Rutland West to be at capacity for the re-match tonight.
"It was a very emotional game the last time we faced each other" said Rockets general manager David Michaud. "It was great show back in September and I'm hoping for more of the same, with a different result."