The Okanagan Rockets put up back-to-back six spots, en route to a weekend sweep of the Kootenay Ice.
On Saturday afternoon, the Rockets jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the opening 20 minutes.
Tanner Bahm lead things off less than two minutes in after a turnover in the slot, sniping his second of the year to make it 1-0.
Just under nine minutes later, Brandon Della Paolera stole a puck in neutral ice and buried a breakaway chance, extending Okanagan’s lead to 2-0.
Just over a minute later, DJ Horne cut the Rockets lead to 2-1, but the two-goal spread was restored by Chase Stevenson, who knocked in a rebound in his first action of the season.
The second period was back and forth, with the Ice’s Aiden Jenner getting the only goal of the frame.
But the Rockets finished things off with a three-goal third, as Rayman Bassi scored his third on the year, Chase Stevenson notched his second of the night, and Dylan Prpich rounded out the goal scoring, giving the Rockets a 6-2 win.
On Sunday morning, the Rockets brought more of the same, scoring three times in the first period yet again.
Wyatt Head lead things off just after the four minute mark, which was then followed up by Max Kryski and Mitchell Gove trading goals just 22 seconds apart.
In the second, the game found its chippy side when an extended scrum broke out, which saw a total of eight players sent off with 10-minute misconducts.
When the dust settled, a Kootenay penalty for head contact sent the Rockets to an extended powerplay, where Chase Stevenson took full advantage, scoring his third of the weekend for a 4-0 lead.
In the third, another powerplay helped Garret Watson pump home his first of the season, extending the Rocket lead to 5-0.
Simon Nemethy broke the shutout just after the eight minute mark, but Coleton Bilodeau’s goal less than four minutes later gave the Rockets a 6-1 lead that would stand up as the final score.
In the first game, Nik Bregeda stopped 20 of 22 shots for the win, which is his second of the season.
Owen Partrick picked up win number five on Sunday, stopping just 12 of just 13 shots sent his way.
The Ice’s Jake Kemp and Jaysen MacLean each took a loss, facing 39 and 35 shots, respectively.
The Rockets (7-1), continue the season back at home, hosting the North Island Silvertips (1-7) this 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.