The Okanagan Rockets threw everything and the kitchen sink at the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds today but could only muster a goal in a 1-1 tie.
The Rockets opened the scoring in the first period, scoring the only goal of the opening frame and it came on a terrific shorthanded rush. Chase Stevenson, returning to the lineup after a 14-game absence, took a pass from Eli Zummack on a 2-on-2 rush and took his defender all the way to the goal before burying his 13th of the season to put Okanagan up 1-0 after one period, outshooting FV 23-8 in the process.
The 2nd period was the most even of all the frames, still the ice was tilted in the Rockets favour but the T-Birds would come away with the only goal. Mackenzie Wight’s initial point shot was stopped between the legs of Rockets net minder Cole Demers but was then poked in by Kaelen Anderson on a second effort to tie the game at one goal apiece. Fraser Valley goaltender Paul Tucek was sensational all day and had made 35 saves on 36 saves through forty minutes.
The Rockets came to play in the 3rd period, firing a total of 20 shots on goal in the third frame but Paul Tucek was again there to answer all of them, making a total 55 saves on 56 saves. The Thunderbirds were stymied as well, not getting a shot on goal until the 9:44 mark of the frame but were not able to beat Cole Demers on any of the eventual seven shots they threw on net, making the game a 1-1 final.
The Rockets (21-10-4) will conclude their Valentine’s Day weekend series with the Thunderbirds (14-14-7) at 10:00 am tomorrow morning from the Capital News Centre. The game can be seen live on www.playfullscreen.com.