The Okanagan Rockets could not complete the weekend sweep in a penalty filled 7-2 loss against the Valley West Hawks.
The Rockets did open the scoring on Sunday morning as it came from a familiar source. Matt Kowalski plotted his 15th goal of the season after a dash down the right side and beating Hawks goaltender Reece Klassen to his blocker side.
The Hawks would go on to score three goals in the 1st period, two of them would come on the man advantage. Michael Farren opened the scoring for the Hawks with his 4th of the year at the 4:44 mark of the first. Justyn Gurney gave the Hawks their first lead of the game on the power play after a seeing eye shot got through Cole Demers. Ilijah Colina rounded out the 1st period scoring on another blocker side shot that beat Demers from the circle and another power play goal to make it a 3-1 Hawks lead after 20 minutes.
The Hawks kept the foot on the gas pedal and took a 4-1 lead 3:55 into the 2nd period courtesy of Luka Burzan. The Rockets got on back on a power play tip in from Alec Zawatsky, redirecting his 11th goal of the season off a Seth Barton point shot. Valley West added one more just after the half way point of the period as Colten Gerlib beat Demers on the blocker side, ending his day and prompting Liam Hughes into the Rockets goal.
The Hawks would be the only team to strike in the 3rd period as Christian Bosa tallied 49 seconds into the frame, on the power play. Another goal on the man advantage and it was Justyn Gurney’s 2nd of the game at the 14:32 mark that would close out a dominant 7-2 win for the Hawks.
As mentioned, Cole Demers started the game, making 14 saves on 19 shots before being replaced by Liam Hughes who closed out the game. Reece Klassen was strong in goal for Valley West, making 34 saves on 36 shots.
The Rockets allowed 5 power play goals against on Sunday and will have to sit on that thought for a while as they have next weekend off with it being their bye weekend. Okanagan is back on the ice Saturday, November 17th as they take on the Thompson Blazers at the Capital News Centre.