The Okanagan Rockets took care of business Sunday morning, completing a weekend sweep with a 6-4 win over the Kootenay Ice.
Unlike the game Saturday, Sunday’s game saw scoring early and it was the visitor’s that who delivered the first punch. Kobe Nishida cleaned up a rebound off a Shawn Campbell shot on a 2-on-1 and just 1:02 into the game, the Ice took a 1-0 lead.
The Ice took a two-goal advantage at the 6:24 mark of the period off a Hunter Floris breakaway after the poking the puck free from a Rocket defender at the Kootenay blue line.
The Rockets were able to add a pair of goals before the period was out thanks to a power play snipe from Alec Zawatsky (8th) and a swat out of the air from Zach Erhardt (3rd) to tie the game at two after 20 minutes.
Okanagan would take their first lead of the game in the 2nd period and it was off the tape of the league’s leading scorer, Matt Kowalski. Kowalski completed a nice give and go with Ben Dietrich-Scammell to give the Rockets a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Lots of scoring happened in the 3rd period with the Rockets picking up three goals in the final frame while Kootenay plotted two goals. Ben Dietrich-Scammell scored twice in a span of 3:54 to extend the Rockets lead to 5-2. Kootenay came back just 32 seconds after Dietrich-Scammell’s 2nd goal, courtesy of Caige Strezer to make it 5-3.
Hunter Floris buried a 2nd goal of the game, on another breakaway, to make it a one goal game before Alec Zawatsky buried his 2nd goal of the game to seal the deal for the Rockets on a 6-4 victory.
Cole Demers made 23 saves on 27 shots today while Curt Doyle allowed 6 goals on 47 shots to make 41 saves.
The Rockets (7-4-1-1) hit the road for Richmond next weekend to take on the Greater Vancouver Canadians (4-5-1). Game times are set for 3:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am on Sunday.