Rockets survive reigning MML Regular Season Champion Thunderbirds over two games with identical scores of 3-1 at the first BCMML Showcase of the year despite being outshot 69-56 over two games. Coach Simon Ferguson said, "I think our goalies really stepped up over the weekend they made some saves that changed the momentum and helped us steal the weekend."
On Friday the 12th , The Thunderbirds jumped out to an early lead and held it till the 15 min mark of the third when Cam Moger Scored his third of the season on a nice pass from Brennan Nelson. The Rockets then sealed the deal with a quick release off the rush from Rilen Kovacevic with a 1 min to go in the third. Assists were credited to Funk and Elliott. Scoring was capped off with a block and hard work effort from Krivoshen who lead the way with his energy and battle level all weekend.
On Saturday the 13th, the Thunderbirds started the same way they did in the previous match tallying the first goal with 11 min to play in the 1st. Coletyn Boyarski tied things up shortly after on a strong drive to the middle and putting the puck in the top left corner. Boyarski would leave the match on the play after taking a questionable blind side hit on the play. Rockets would go up by 1 again in the third capitalizing on a power play opportunity with a redirected goal from Dylan Wightman off a pass from Teague Patton and Tyson Jugnauth. The Rockets then managed to kill off 5 straight penalties and with the net pulled Zac Funk put the nail in the coffin with a big block and finished it off in the empty net.
Rockets will be without forward Rilen Kovacevic, Tyson Jugnauth and Jace Weir who will be taking part in the WHL Cup in Calgary as part of Team BC. Ferguson said, "It is a great honour for those guys to be able to represent our province at the WHL Cup and wish them good luck. We will definitely miss both players the next two weekend but we have a strong group of Minor Midget and Tier 1 Zone players who we can draw from that I know will be excited to show their stuff at the Major Midget level."
Rockets are back home next weekend at the Capital News Centre after three weeks on the road to face off against the Valley West Giants.