If the coaching staff's message is resonating with the players, consider Saturday's 2-2 with the Greater Vancouver Canadians a lesson learned.
With crucial points up for grabs, the Rockets let one slip aways to the Canadians at the Richmond Oval on Saturday night. For the Rockets, it was their 2nd tie in as many outings.
After a scoreless opening 20, the Rockets struck for a pair in the later stages of the 2nd period.
Sam Binfet crashed the crease and scooped a puck up and over Kelowna Rockets draft pick Matteo Paler-Chow for the games 1st goal at the 15:31 mark.
Not long after, Tre Doyon pushed the Rockets lead to 2-0 as he tipped in a Mark Krabben point shot. For Doyon, the goal was his 3rd of the campaign for the Rockets.
The 3rd period was a worse-case scenario for the Rockets as Gary Dhaliwal walked in just :51 seconds into the 3rd period and roofed a pretty back-hand drive up and over the shoulder of Jordan Reynolds to give the Canadians all kinds of life, with all kinds of time left.
It was until a little over 7:00 minutes remaining when the Canadians would finally pull even as another Kelowna Rockets draft pick did the damage. Jordan Sandhu worked the defence one-one-one before some quick hands all alone with Reynolds opened him up for Sandhu to slide it through the 5-hole.
The Rockets PK was put to the test on Saturday and thrived as they killed off all 10 GVC power play attempts. Conversely, the Rockets had only 5 attempts with the man-advantage, and only 2 of them were for a full 2 minute opportunity.
Jordan Reynolds stopped 28 shots in the contest as the Canadians outshot the Rockets 30-29 in the game, including 14-8 in the all important 3rd period.
The standings remained as cluttered as ever as the Giants and Chiefs, the two clubs directly in front and behind of the Rockets skated to a dramatic 7-7 in Coquitlam, meaning nothing changed between the clubs positionally. The Valley West Hawks picked up a win and went to 38 points, now 4 behind the Rockets.
The Rockets fall to 19-8-4 with the draw and will wrap up the seasonal set with the Canadians tomorrow at the Oval. Puck drop is set for 10:00 am.