The Okanagan Rockets continued their undefeated run at the End of the Roll Icebreaker Tournament with a thrilling 2-2 tie with the Okanagan Hockey Academy’s White Prep team on Saturday night at the Capital News Centre.
The first period had it’s exciting moments but nothing could get by either the Rockets Cole Demers or OHA White’s Nolan Hildebrand and the first went by with doughnuts on the scoreboard. Demers made 11 saves while Hildebrand turned aside all 9 shots he faced.
Someone finally broke the goose egg in the 2nd period and that someone was Eli Zummack. The 15 year-old was one of the many in Hildebrand’s crease and he got the last touch and 4:47 into the middle stanza, the Rockets got a 1-0 lead. That proved to be the only goal in the period, with the shots reading 14-7 in favour of Okanagan and 23-18 after 40 minutes.
The final period was back and forth before OHA tied the game with 7:01 gone in the period. A deflected shot from the slot fooled Brody Greggain and that goal set up for a very interesting finish between the two Okanagan clubs. OHA would take a 2-1 lead with 1:12 to go thanks to a sharp angle bank shot by Jordan Robinson. Then, Eli Zummack decided to make for one of the most exciting ties on CNC ice. After OHA iced the puck with 4 seconds remaining, the Rockets won the ensuing faceoff and threw the puck on goal and Zummack got the last touch to tie the game at two.
Cole Demers and Brody Greggain split the game with Demers working a scoreless half of the game while Greggain allowed both OHA markers.
The Rockets will finish off the End of the Roll Icebreaker Tournament Sunday afternoon at 2:45 pm when they take on the Okanagan Hockey Academy’s Red Prep team. OHA Red is coming off a 4-2 loss to the North East Chiefs Saturday night.
SATURDAY NIGHT SCORES:
NORTH WEST GIANTS (0) vs. OHA RED (0) CANCELLED
DELTA (5) vs. KOOTENAY ICE (0)
VALLEY WEST HAWKS (5) vs. POE (3)
CARIBOO COUGARS (9) vs. COEUR D’ALENE (3)
BWC (2) vs. THOMPSON BLAZERS (0)
NORTH WEST GIANTS (4) vs. DELTA (2)
PCHA (2) vs. KOOTENAY ICE (1)
OHA RED (2) vs. NORTH EAST CHIEFS (3)