The Okanagan Rockets controlled play from start to finish in a 4-0 shutout victory Friday night against the South Island Royals.
The Rockets started the scoring early in this one and it was Danny Gatenby scoring in his 2nd straight game that started the offense tonight. Gatenby took a pass from Eli Zummack at the left point and fired home his 2nd goal of the season over the left shoulder of Zakery Myrowich to give the Rockets a 1-0 lead just 44 seconds into the game and that’s how things stood after 20 minutes. The Rockets dominated play in the 1st, outshooting South Island by a 17-4 count.
Okanagan continued to pour on pressure in the 2nd frame, this time scoring just one minute into the frame, thanks to a snipe from Jordan Todd. The 17-year-old took a pass from Gatenby and was in on a partial breakaway on the right winng and sniped a shot over the glove side of Myrowich for his 8th goal of the season and a 2-0 OK lead. The Rockets would lead the scoreboard 2-0 after 40 minutes and be up on the shot clock by a 37-15 count.
The 3rd period was a bit of a later start to the goal party for the Rockets, this time coming 2:38 into the frame and it was Ben Dietrich-Scammell doing the honours. “Dietz”, as he’s known, found a puck in the left circle and wired his 7th goal of the season past Myrowich for a 3-0 Rocket advantage.
The Rockets capped off the scoring at the 13:29 mark of the final frame and it came off a tremendous individual effort from Powell Connor. Right after a penalty kill, which Connor was off for, Shawn Guison spotted Connor on the left wing and the defenseman walked around the Royals defense and finished over the glove of Myrowich for a gorgeous goal and his 2nd of the season to finish a 4-0 Rockets win.
Cole Demers saw the Rockets goal tonight and made 22 saves for his 4th shutout of the season and his BCMML leading 16th victory. Zakery Myrowich deserves a ton of credit for South Island, stopping 50 of the 54 shots he faced in his 6th loss of the season but didn’t have much help in front of him.
The Rockets (20-8-2) will play the 2nd of their three game weekend tomorrow afternoon when they start a weekend series against the Greater Vancouver Canadians (14-14-4). Game times for this weekend are 3:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am Sunday morning. All the games can be watched live on www.playfullscreen.com.