The Okanagan Rockets used a four goal 3rd period to earn a triumphant comeback victory over the Delta Wild U18 Prep team by a 6-4 score.
There was no sleep in the Rockets eyes to start the hockey game in an early morning affair as they came out strong and scored a couple of late goals to aid their strong play. First, it was the unlikely scorer in 15-year-old defensemen Cody Schiavon wristing a shoot past Delta netminder Jeremy Kelleway at the 15:43 mark of the 1st to give Okanagan a 1-0 lead.
Hayden Dick and Lucas Cullen teamed up for a beauty of a goal late in the frame to double the Rockets lead. Dick got past the defender and centred for a streaking Cullen who tapped in his 1st goal of the tournament at the 17:22 mark of the 1st to put the Rockets ahead 2-0.
After such a strong 1st period, the Rockets faultered in the 2nd, allowing three Delta goals to get the Wild back in the game. Nick Wilson got Delta on the board with a wrist shot past Hughes at the 11:28 mark of the 2nd to close the Rockets lead to one goal.
Jack Judson would tie the game on a delayed Rockets penalty with a scramble goal in front of the crease of Rockets goaltender Liam Hughes with 3:53 to go in the 2nd. Delta would take their first lead thanks to a water bottle popping shot from Wilson, his 2nd of the game late in the period with 1:02 to go gave the Wild a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Devon Vorster added a 4th goal for Delta on a deflection in front of the goal just 1:30 into the period to put the Wild ahead 4-2 thanks to four unanswered goals.
Cue the comeback for the Rockets as Spencer Hora blasted a shot glove side for his 1st of the tournament and got the Rockets back in the game just 1:19 after the Vorster marker.
Powell Connor would tie the game for the Rockets on the man advantage, taking a nice backdoor feed from Coleton Bilodeau and tapping home his 1st of KIMMT to pull the Rockets even at 4.
Hayden Dick, who is having a monster tournament already, gave the Rockets a 5-4 lead with just 1:59 to go after tapping in a nice 2-on-1 feed from Lucas Cullen. Eli Zummack would add an empty netter with 11 seconds to play to seal a 6-4 win for the boys in white.
Liam Hughes started for the Rockets today. He was opposed by Jeremy Kelleway who made the start for the Delta Wild today.
The Rockets are back in action this afternoon at 4:30 pm when they take on the Okanagan Hockey Academy’s Red Prep team at Memorial Arena before having a day off tomorrow.