The Okanagan Rockets continued their terrific defensive efforts playing to the tune of a second straight 4-0 victory, this time over the Greater Vancouver Canadians.
The Rockets came out flying in the early going and that energy paid off into a goal and a first for the season. Seth Barton took a feed from Coleton Bilodeau and raced down the left wing and made a great move to go from his backhand to forehand and beat Matteo Paler Chow on the glove side for his first BCMML goal, coming 6:43 into the first period.
OK would add another goal later in the frame, this stemming off a power play and it was three familiar faces at it again. Hayden Dick and Eli Zummack cycled the puck down low and found Lucas Cullen in the left circle, who made no mistake going over the glove side for his 14th goal of the season and a 2-0 Rocket lead after 20 minutes.
There would be no scoring in the 2nd period which turned to more of a physical frame as the majority of the penalties handed out in the game came in the middle stanza. Matt Kroeker and Hayden Dick got involved in a scrum that would lead to 10-minute misconducts handed out on both sides.
The 3rd period started well for the Rockets and a large reason why was a goal from centre scored by Alec Zawatsky. He was intended to go off for a change and flipped the puck onto the Canadians goal when the puck took a funny hoop over the pad of Paler Chow and gave Zawatsky his 18th goal of the season at the 2:13 mark of the final frame. Hayden Courtney picked up his 1st BCMML point on the play with an assist and Cole Demers would add his 2nd assist in as many games.
The Rockets rounded out the scoring with another goal from a defensemen and this one coming from Cody Schiavon at the right point. His shot had eyes for the back of the goal and picked up his 2nd goal of the season (both of which coming against GVC) to make the score a 4-0 final.
Cole Demers was again excellent for the Rockets, earning shutout #5 on the season and win #17 with a 31 save performance Saturday. Matteo Paler Chow saw the net for the Greater Vancouver Canadians; making 33 saves on 37 shots.
The Rockets (21-8-2) took home their 6th straight win on Saturday and will look to finish their three game weekend on a perfect note when they host the Greater Vancouver Canadians (14-15-4) Sunday morning at 10:00 am from CNC. The game can be seen live on www.playfullscreen.com.