The Okanagan Rockets put an end to their three game losing streak with a 4-2 victory on Saturday evening against the North Island Silvertips.
The Rockets opened the scoring 8:31 into the 1st period on a rebound goal, stemming from a point shot from Jacob Bourchier. Bouchier’s seeing eye shot found its way through traffic onto ‘Tips goalie John Hawthorne and bounced off his pads right to the stick of Matt Kowalski, who collected his 5th goal of the season.
North Island would come back and tie the game shorthanded after a bobble at the blue line. Dawson Frank found the loose puck and rifled his 2nd goal of the season past the blocker side of Nic Bregeda for the shorthanded marker and a 1-1 tie.
The Rockets got their lead back on a power play thanks to Chase Stevenson at the 17:27 mark. Matt Kowalski made the play, starting in his own end and going into the ‘Tips zone and around the goal before centering a pass for Stevenson, who fanned on it but still got it past Hawthorne for his 4th of the season and a 2-1 OK lead after 20 minutes.
Okanagan would strike first in the 2nd period again thanks to a power play goal. Eli Zummack spotted Alec Zawatsky creeping down on the backdoor and he made no mistake, burying his 5th goal of the season at the 4:43 mark of the middle stanza.
The ‘Tips were resilient, coming back at 9:54 of the 2nd frame to make it a one goal game, this time on a pretty passing play that was finished off by Trey Watson for his 1st goal of the campaign and would shrink the Rockets lead to 3-2 after 2 periods were out.
Chase Stevenson added an insurance marker at 16:00 of the final period after a slot shot got through on the blocker side of Hawthorne to salt the game away and make a 4-2 final in favour of the home side Rockets.
The Silvertips got very strong goaltending from John Hawthorne today, making 44 saves on 48 Rockets shots on goal. Nic Bregeda played the first period for the Rockets, stopping 8 of 9 shots he faced while Cole Demers finished the game with 16 saves on 17 shots.
One thing to mention was the special teams that was in favour of the Rockets today. OK had to kill off a 2:04 5-on-3 that they were saddled with in the 2nd period and killed off all three penalties they took. The Rockets found their way on the power play with two goals from Chase Stevenson and Alec Zawatsky.
The Rockets are back in action tomorrow morning from the Capital News Centre in the finale of the weekend set against the North Island Silvertips. Puck drop is set for 10:00 am with all the action live on playfullscreen.com.