Despite dressing just 14 skaters, the Okanagan Rockets ran all over the Thompson Blazers and swept the season series with the Blazers yet again after a 9-3 win on Saturday afternoon at the Capital News Centre.
The Rockets were limited to just 14 skaters as they played without both Nolan Kneen and Lucas Cullen who are away with Team BC at the Canada Winter Games, and injured skaters Connor Bowey, Jeffrey Schlegel, Try Doyon, and Marcus Mitchell.
With the West Kelowna Tier 2 Warriors eliminated from their playoffs, the Rockets have called up 16 year old forward Jordan Todd for the remainder of the year. The move paid dividends on Saturday as Todd scored a pair of goals, giving him 4 for the season.
The Rockets also got a pair of goals from captain Mark Krabben (3,4), Carter Rhine (6th), Ben Dietrich-Scammell (7th), Brandon Whistle (17th), Zach Erhardt (5th), and Sam Binfet (16th).
Cole Demers made 24 saves on the 27 shot the Blazers directed his way for his 11th win of the season.
The Rockets win improves their overall record to 22-12-4, good for 48 points. The Blazers meanwhile dropped to a league worst 2-33-3.
The Rockets remain in a log jam for playoff positioning and could still finish anywhere from 3rd to as low as 6th. With 2 games remaining next weekend, much remains to be decided in the compacted BCMML standings.
On a rare Friday night in Kamloops, the Rockets led 2-1 through 40 minutes, and put the game away with three 3rd period markers for a 5-1 win in their final road game of the BCMML regular season.
The Rockets got a pair of goals from Zach Erhardt, while Brandon Whistle, Marcus Mitchell, and Sam Binfet rounded out the scoring.
Jordan Reynolds turned aside 29 of the 30 shots the Blazers sent his way and picked up his 11th win of the year in the process. Kelowna born Aris Anagastopoulos allowed 5 goals on the 33 shots the Rockets fired on goal for his 19th loss of the year.
The Rockets finished the road portion of their schedule with an overall recored of 10-7-3.