The Okanagan Rockets rallied from 3-1 down in the 3rd period, only to fall short in triple overtime to open the BCMML Quarter Final series with the Greater Vancouver Canadians on Friday night at the Capital News Centre.
Kyle Uy's 2nd goal of the game at 5:02 of the 3rd overtime ended the marathon night as he picked up a loose puck at the side of the goal and simply banged it home past a sprawled out Jordan Reynolds to give GVC the game, and most importantly put them a single win away from knocking the Rockets out of the playoffs.
After a scoreless 1st period, GVC got on the board just 1:21 into the 2nd period as Uy got his first of the game.
The Rockets answered at 8:18 as Brandon Whistle notched his first of two on the night to pull the Rockets even at 1-1.
GVC took their 2nd lead of the day as Owen Seidel put them up 2-1 with 7:27 to play in the 2nd. The Rockets appeared to pull even before the end of the period as Brandon Whistle tipped in a Carter Rhine point shot. The refs discussed and ruled that the shot was deflected with a high stick, thus negating the marker.
GVC seemed to take control at the 6:06 mark of the 3rd period as they opened up a 3-1 lead with a power play goal, only to see the Rockets rally late with goals from Sam Binfet with 8:35 to play, and then the equalizer coming from Whistle with 6:16 to play in regulation.
Both goaltenders were terrific in the game, especially GVC's Matteo Paler-Chow, a draft pick of the Kelowna Rockets. Paler-Chow mad 42 saves, while the Rockets Jordan Reynolds made 29 on the evening.
"It's always tough to loose a game like this, but I'm really proud of the way our players competed" said 1st year bench boss Simon Ferguson. "If we put forth that sort of effort again on Saturday, we will be just fine. That was a fun hockey game, its just too bad we came up short."
Game two of the best of three series goes Saturday evening at 5:15 pm.