The Okanagan Rockets found the back of the net six times in both games this weekend, beating the Greater Vancouver Canadians by scores of 6-3 and 6-2.
On Friday night, the Rockets came out hungry, with Dylan Prpich posting up in the slot, and opening the scoring just over 4 minutes in.
Less than 5 minutes later, Wyatt Head’s point shot beat Lukas Shaw through a screen, and the Rockets took a 2-0 lead on back-to-back powerplay goals.
The Canadians would get one back before the end of the first, when Sasha Mutala scored on a powerplay of their own, but the Rockets held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
In the second, OK restored the two-goal lead thanks to Max Kryski, who finished off a nice feed from Eli Zummack.
But the Canadians struck back to tie the game before the second intermission, with goals from Chris Douglas and Ben Landon.
In the third, the Kryski Show continued, when he picked up the go-ahead goal just 25 seconds into the final frame.
Kryski completed the hat trick 12 and a half minutes later, and Zummack added an empty net insurance marker with 7 seconds left, handing the Rockets a 6-3 win in the opener.
In Saturday’s rematch, Brandon Della Paolera swatted a rebound home 3:40 into the first, giving the Rockets another early lead.
But Hunter Donohoe got the Canadians on the board four minutes later, as the teams took the 1-1 tie into the intermission.
In the second, Jeff Karpowich and Coleton Bilodeau added two for the Rockets within three and a half minutes of each other, extending the OK lead to 3-1.
But Mutala got GV back within one, scoring with just 44 seconds left in the second stanza.
In the third, it was all Rockets, as Eli Zummack lead things off just past the 7-minute mark, and Seth Barton and Kryski added back-to-back powerplay goals 1:07 apart, icing the 6-2 win for the Okanagan squad.
The Rockets also benefitted from strong goaltending over the weekend, with Owen Partrick starting both games for OK.
He stopped 29 of 32 shots in the opener, and followed that up with another 29-save performance on Saturday, giving him a 2.50 GAA and a .921 save percentage through the weekend’s games.
The Rockets (3-1), continue the season back at home, hosting the Vancouver NW Giants (1-0-1) for a pair on Thanksgiving weekend.
You can catch the games at the CNC on Saturday at 3 pm and Sunday at 10 am, on the PPV video feed at www.playfullscreen.com, and on our live audio broadcast at www.mixlr.com/okanaganrockets.