The Okanagan Rockets picked up three of a possible four points against the Valley West Hawks this past weekend, winning Saturday’s opener and earning a tie in the rematch on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Rockets scored the first goal of the game early in the second period, when captain Mitchell Gove beat Hawks goaltender Josh Dias under the blocker arm for a 1-0 lead.
Fresh off a PK in the third, Jordan Lowry tapped an Ethan Schaeffer pass past Dias for a 2-0 lead in the first three minutes.
But the Hawks would press, and get back within one with under 6 to play, thanks to leading scorer Arshdeep Bains.
But that’s as close as Valley West would get, as the Rockets would hold on for the 2-1 win.
Sunday morning, the Rockets once again took control early on, but this time got on the board in the first period.
Will Reimer tipped his third goal past Sunday starter Jayden Shull with under two minutes to go, putting the Rockets up 1-0 through 20 minutes.
In the second, the teams traded goals in the final minute of the frame.
Rockets rookie Chase Dafoe had the first goal with 53 seconds left, making it a 2-0 lead.
But with 0.4 seconds on the board, Hawks forward Dawson Penner one-timed it past Schwebius, to cut the lead to 2-1 heading into the final 20 minutes.
In the third, the Valley West offence that had been dormant for the five previous periods finally awoke.
But it was the Rockets opening the scoring 18 seconds in, thanks to a nice solo effort from Ben King, to make it 3-1.
Just over five minutes later, Cameron MacDonald swatted one in, to make it a one-goal game again.
Less than three minutes later, defenceman Kabir Gill blasted home the tying goal, making it 3-3 about eight minutes in.
But Gove would come up large once again, giving the Rockets a 4-3 lead just before the halfway point.
For a second time, the Hawks would make a comeback. With 5:11 to play, rookie Justin Sourdif tied the game 4-4, before fellow first-year MacDonald gave Valley West its first lead of the weekend just 25 seconds later.
But the Rockets hadn’t run out of magic just yet.
After Dias re-entered the game in goal for the final 1:39 of the third, the Rockets pulled Schwebius to gain the 6-on-5 advantage. With time nearly expiring, Ben King wired a wrist shot that beat Dias to the top blocker side with just 0.3 seconds left, sending each team to overtime for the first time in 2017.
Despite chances at both ends of the ice, neither team cracked during the five minutes of three-on-three action, earning each side a point in the 5-5 tie.
For his efforts on the weekend, Schwebius earned a win and a tie, taking his record to 4-4-1, while Dias was tagged with the loss and a tie, or a record of 8-1-1.
Up next for the Rockets, a trip down to Abbotsford to play the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.
Next weekend’s games from the MSA Arena go at 6 pm on Saturday, and 12:30 on Sunday afternoon.