The Okanagan Rockets ran into a hot goaltender Sunday morning to finish in a 1-1 tie against the South Island Royals in the only game of the weekend.
The Rockets and Royals were set to play in a two game weekend series but complications with the Royals bus yesterday, along with tough weather conditions, postponed Saturday’s game to a later date meaning both the Royals and Rockets had to bring their all on Sunday.
South Island opened the scoring late in first frame courtesy of Ted Brennan. A quick shot off the face-off win for the Royals by Alexender Benger was stopped by Rockets netminder Liam Hughes but the rebound was roofed by Brennan for his 6th goal of the season and a 1-0 Royals lead. The Rockets would outshoot South Island 12-10 in the first 20 minutes.
It was an onslaught of pressure in the 2nd frame from the Rockets, throwing 17 shots at Royals goaltender Austin Rodin and finally tying the game with 1:11 to go in the 2nd period. A terrific pass from the left circle by Matt Kowalski found the stick of Shawn Guison and the captain made no mistake, firing his 3rd of the year glove side to tie the game at one a piece.
The 3rd period saw no scoring but quite a lot of activity, with each team getting multiple attempts on the power play but no one being able to take advantage. The Rockets actually finished the game on the man advantage, spending the last 51 seconds on the power play but they were unable to get a goal out of it.
The Rockets ended up outshooting the Royals 43-26 but Austin Rodin stole the show, making 42 saves in the Royals 5th tie of the season. Liam Hughes got the net for the Rockets and made 25 saves in a strong performance for himself.
The Rockets (14-7-2) will head to Vancouver next weekend to take on longtime rival, the Vancouver North West Giants (14-4-3). Puck drops are scheduled for 7:15 pm on Saturday and 10:45 am on Sunday from the North Shore Winter Club. As always, you can catch all the action live on www.playfullscreen.com. OK is back on home ice January 30th when they host the Greater Vancouver Canadians.