For the second consecutive weekend, the Okanagan Rockets earned a split of their weekend series, as they exchanged wins with the Kootenay Ice.
On Saturday afternoon, the Rockets got off to a smooth start, as Mitchell Gove finished off a tic tac toe passing play from Ben King and Jack Finley, who both returned to the lineup along with Tanner Brown following their win with Team BC at the WHL Cup.
The Rockets would carry their 1-0 lead all the way into the third period, and doubled their lead less than four minutes in, thanks to a powerplay goal from Jordan Lowry.
Just over ten minutes later, the Rockets iced the shutout win on a deflection from Ethan Schaeffer, to make it a 3-0 final.
Roman Basran picked up his first shutout in a Rockets uniform, and was fantastic at times on Saturday, including a second-period diving blocker save that kept a Rockets lead intact.
On Sunday morning, Okanagan scored the first goal once again, on a blast off the stick of Scott Gilowski.
But 13 seconds later, Jaxson Waterstreet stole a puck in the offensive zone and snapped it past Cole Schwebius, to tie the game 1-1.
The Rockets also bounced back, as Schaeffer’s second tally of the weekend gave the Rockets a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes.
For the second day in a row, neither team found the back of the net in the second period, though the Ice would turn the tables and pull away in the third.
About five minutes in, an Ice powerplay finally produced a goal from Booker Daniel, giving Kootenay its first lead of the weekend.
The eventual winner came with 7:40 to play, when Caleb Goncalves stole the puck behind the Rockets net, and beat Schwebius on a wrap-around, making it 3-2.
Despite a late powerplay, and plenty of pressure with the goaltender pulled, Kootenay bent but did not break, and skated out of the Capital News Centre with a split.
Goaltender Jake Kemp started both games for Kootenay, and was relied upon to make plenty of key saves.
Up next for the Rockets, a weekend set with the Greater Vancouver Canadians at the CNC, with puck drop on Saturday afternoon at 3, and Sunday morning at 10.