The Okanagan Rockets finished off the season sweep of the Thomspon Blazers with an 8-1 win Sunday.
The Rockets thoroughly dominated the first frame on Sunday and struggling power play came to life in the opening 20 minutes with a goal from Eli Zummack. A shot from the point by Danny Gatenby was deflected in by Zummack in the left circle for his 9th goal of the season and a 1-0 Rockets lead.
Okanagan would take a 2-0 lead just moments later on a scramble play in front of Blazers net minder Aris Anagnostopoulos. Zach Erhardt would get the final swat into the goal on the blocker side for his 7th goal of the season and increasing the Rockets lead to a pair.
Another PPG would put the visitors up by a field goal and it was Eli Zummack again. He collected his own rebound on the glove side and lifted a backhander past Anagnostopoulos for his 10th goal of the year and 2nd of the game for a 3-0 OK lead. The Rockets finished the frame outshooting the Blazers by a staggering 28-2 count.
The Rockets would continue their strong play into a special teams filled 2nd period and earn another PPG. Chase Stevenson banked a pass intended for Zummack off a Blazer defender and in for his 14th goal of the season and a 4-1 Rockets lead.
Thompson would get one back thanks to Matthew Facchinelli on the PP but the Rockets would answer with a marker from Hayden Courtney, who was tied up with a defender when the puck drizzled onto Anagnostopoulos. The Blazer net minder bobbled the puck and it found it’s way to the back of the goal for Hayden’s 2nd goal of the season and a 5-1 lead. Okanagan would continue to lead on the shot clock by a large margin of 42-7.
The 3rd period saw the Rockets put three on the scoreboard to earn the weekend sweep. Eli Zummack deflected home his hat trick goal while Zach Erhardt and Chase Stevenson added their 2nd goals of the game to complete an 8-1 victory for the Rockets and pick up the season sweep of the Blazers.
Aris Anagnostopoulos started the game for the Blazers, stopping 32 of 37 shots he faced, and was credited with the loss, before being pulled in favour of Max Palaga, who went 16 for 19. Nikolas Bregeda started his first BCMML game, saving 7 of the 9 shots he faced for his 1st BCMML victory.
The Rockets (23-10-5) wrap up their 2015/16 regular season when they welcome the Cariboo Cougars (27-8-3) to town for a 3:00 pm faceoff Saturday and a 10:00 am faceoff Sunday morning from the Capital News Centre. If you can’t make it to CNC, the games can be seen live on www.playfullscreen.com.