The Okanagan Rockets earned 5 of a possible 6 points over their three game in two and a half day stretch, playing to a 3-3 tie against the Greater Vancouver Canadians Sunday.
The Rockets came out strong in the early going and scored just 31 seconds into the game thanks to Hayden Dick. Lucas Cullen centered a pass for Dick who swatted the puck into the open cage glove side of Lukas Shaw for his 12th goal of the season and a 1-0 OK lead.
Greater Vancouver would come back and score at the 6:35 mark courtesy of AP Jacob Letwin scoring his 1st BCMML goal but the Rockets would retake the lead before the period was out and it was another first. Eli Zummack made a terrific play and spotted Hayden Courtney down low with a pass and Courtney finished on his backhand for his 1st BCMML goal at 13:52 of the 1st period and a 2-1 Rockets lead after 20 minutes.
The teams would trade goals in the 2nd period and it started with Hayden Dick adding his 2nd goal of the morning, this one coming shorthanded. Powell Connor flipped a puck up to Ben Dietrich-Scammell who raced down the left wing and centered to find a streaking Dick to give the Rockets a two-goal lead at 3-1.
Greater Vancouver got themselves within one goal just 2:32 later at the 6:22 mark on a jam play at Cole Demers glove side that was last touched by Brennan Gaytmenn to push the deficit to 3-2.
GVC would score the only goal in a tight checking 3rd period and it came late at the 17:52 mark of the final frame. A bobble at the Rockets blue line on the power play allowed Tyson Lin to move down the right wing on a 2-on-1 shorthanded where he kept the puck and beat Demers glove side to tie the game at 3 and make that a final on the late shorthanded marker.
As much as the late goal stings, the Rockets still had a great weekend of hockey, earning 5 of a possible 6 points over their three game in two and a half day stretch. Cole Demers got the start again for the Rockets and was phenomenal; making 41 saves on 44 shots. The Canadians started Lukas Shaw today and he was good as well stopping 35 of the 38 shots he faced.
The Rockets (21-8-3) will be back on the road next weekend in Delta on Saturday and Langley on Sunday taking on the 1st place Valley West Hawks (25-6-1). Game times are set for 6:30 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am on Sunday. Okanagan returns home on February 13th & 14th to play the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds. All games can be seen live on www.playfullscreen.com.