The Okanagan Rockets suffered their first loss at the End of the Roll Icebreaker Tournament, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Okanagan Hockey Academy’s Red Prep team.
The start wasn’t one the Rockets would be proud of as OHA Red struck first 1:01 into the opening frame. The Rockets, as they have done well in this tournament so far, were quick to respond and it was a familiar face finding the back of the goal. Eli Zummack sniped a shot from the right circle over the glove of OHA Red goaltender Shane Farkas to tie the score at 1, 3:32 into the contest. OHA would come back at the 8:28 mark of the period and regain their one goal advantage on a seeing eye shot through traffic.
The 2nd period saw OHA grab their first two-goal lead of the game, converting on a collision in front of the Rockets goal with Cole Demers, just before the intermission at 9:14 of the 2nd frame. That would be the only scoring to come in the 2nd period, and after 40 minutes, the Rockets continued to trail OHA Red by a 3-1 score.
The 3rd period saw only one goal and it was an empty net goal form OHA Red to seal their victory with 58 seconds to go and hand the Rockets their first loss of the 4th annual End of the Roll Icebreaker Tournament at Capital News Centre.
Cole Demers saw the Rockets crease for the whole game, his first full game of the pre-season, allowing 3 goals today.
The Rockets open up their regular season against the defending 2014/15 BCMML Champions, the North East Chiefs next weekend at Capital News Centre. Saturday’s game goes at 3:00 pm while Sunday’s game starts at 10:00 am.
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