The Okanagan Rockets put their perfect KIMMT record on the line this afternoon when they take on the CSSHL’s Okanagan Hockey Academy’s Red Prep team.
The Rockets come into this game after a wild (no pun intended) contest against the Delta Wild U18 Prep team, winning that game by a 6-4 score thanks to a four goal third frame. OK led 2-0 after one, Delta scored four unanswered goals then the Rockets scored four unanswered goals to win the game. The Rockets got goals from three d-men today in Cody Schiavon, Spencer Hora and Powell Connor while also seeing Lucas Cullen, Hayden Dick and Eli Zummack scoring as well. The Rockets now have one regulation win and one shootout win for five points and are at the top of the Coast Capri Division.
The OHA Red Prep team had a day off on Wednesday due to Coeur d’Alene having to draw out of the tournament due to injuries so OHA Red’s KIMMT started today with a 4-0 loss at the hands of the Moose Jaw Generals. Even though technically they have a win (each team in the Coast Capri Division is given a 1-0 win because of the Coeur d’Alene forfeit), OHA Red will be looking for a much better effort out of their club but have their hands full with a confident Rockets team.
Players To Watch:
Desi Burgart (F): OHA Red got a boost to their lineup just before the tournament started and that was the addition of 17-year-old forward Desi Burgart, who spent the first half of the season with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL, earning three goals and two assists for five points. Burgart is a familiar name to the Rockets after spending last season in the BCMML with the Vancouver North West Giants.
Riley Hayles (D): The 17-year-old defensemen is in his 2nd season with the OHA Red Prep team and leads all d-men with 10 points (1 G and 9 A’s) and will be used in all situations for OHA Red, who are one of the only teams without a 15-year-old in the tournament.
Shane Farkas (G): The 67th overall pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft by the Lethbridge Hurricanes has had a solid season in his 2nd year with OHA Red. Farkas has a 5-4-0 record with a 2.87 GAA and a .908 SV% in 10 games so far this season and has been an AP with the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL. The Penticton native will be the likely starter for today’s game after goaltending partner Arjun Oilek started this morning against Moose Jaw.
The Rockets will have an off day on Friday, which would have been the day they played Coeur d’Alene and will be credited with an automatic 1-0 win. Okanagan will be back in action at 9:00 AM Saturday morning when they take on the Moose Jaw Generals from Rutland in their final round robin game of KIMMT.