In a battle of the last two BCMML champions, the North East Chiefs got the better of the Okanagan Rockets today defeating the 2013/14 champs by a 4-2 score.
The Rockets found the scoresheet twice in the first frame, opening up the scoring at the 7:42 mark of the period. Eli Zummack potted the first goal of the Rockets season, tipping in a point shot from Seth Barton. Powell Connor also drew an assist on the scoring play. OK would add a second goal at the 10:36 mark, as a returnee made his presence felt. Ben Dietrich-Scammell buzzed down the left side, after a perfect breakout pass from Powell Connor, and picked the glove side high for his first of the season. The Chiefs would add a goal of their own just 31 seconds later, as Brett Didyk shoved home a rebound off a post shot from Liam Ryan.
There was no scoring to report of in the 2nd frame but some very strong goaltending was on display. Liam Hughes made 13 saves in the 2nd, and many of them were very nice. Kolby Matthews was equally as brilliant in the Chiefs crease, making 13 saves himself.
The third period was the demise of this Rockets team as they gave 3 goals in the final period. 3:39 into the 3rd, Sho Takai tied the game after a strong flurry of chances. The Chiefs would take their first lead of the hockey game, coming at the 10:11 mark of the period, courtesy of Brett Didyk, his second goal of the game. Marcus Murdock would add an insurance marker, scoring 1:55 after the Chiefs took the lead. Murdock’s right point shot fluttered through traffic and past Liam Hughes.
A good start for the Rockets unfortunately ended in a bad result but Okanagan has a chance to rebound tomorrow morning, as the Rockets face off against the North East Chiefs again, thus time at 10:00 am. The game goes at Capital News Centre as the Rockets try to split the weekend set.
FINAL SCORE: NE Chiefs 4 @ OK Rockets 2
SHOTS: 38-29 Chiefs
Rockets PP: 0/3
Rockets PK: 6/6