The Okanagan Rockets completed a large comeback Saturday afternoon, erasing a two goal third period deficit en route to defeating the Valley West Hawks 6-4 at Capital News Centre.
The Rockets started the hockey game strong, dominating territorial advantage but found themselves down 1-0 after Michael Farren scored his 2nd of the season off his own rebound from the pads of Rockets goaltender Liam Hughes.
The Rockets tied the game late in the 1st thanks to a phenomenal dangle by Chase Stevenson. Chase danced through the Hawks defense and made his way to the goal before passing off to Eli Zummack for his 7th goal of the year and to tie the game 1-1 with 27 seconds to go in the first frame.
The Hawks would dominate the 2nd period with three goals including Farren’s 2nd of the game to give Valley West their second lead at 3:14 of the frame. Matt Kowalski would come back and tie the game just 24 seconds later before the Hawks got goals from Armahn Sidhu and Daniel Chifan 1:40 apart to give Valley West a 4-2 lead heading into the final period.
That’s when the Rockets took off (pun intended). Matt Kowalski netted his 2nd of the game at the 1:33 mark of the 3rd after a nice pass on an odd man rush from Zach Erhardt.
It was Kowalski again who would tie the game, completing his hat-trick with a canonizing slap shot from the top of the slot on the power play to tie the hockey game at 4 a piece.
Just 23 seconds after that, the Rockets took their first lead of the game courtesy of Ben Dietrich-Scammell’s 5th goal of the season. Dietrich-Scammell took his own rebound off an end wall kareem that found his tape again and his slid the puck past Nic Tallirico’s blocker side to give the Rockets a 5-4 lead.
Matt Kowalski sealed the deal with an empty net goal with 26 seconds to play to secure a 6-4 victory in the hands of the home side Rockets.
Liam Hughes started for the Rockets, making 28 saves on 32 shots while Nic Tallirico made 31 saves on 36 shots today for the Hawks.
Game 2 of this weekend series will go tomorrow at 10 am from the Capital News Centre between the Rockets (9-5-1) and the Valley West Hawks (8-4-1). If you can’t make it to the rink, catch the action on www.playfullscreen.com.