The Okanagan Rockets (10W-0L-0T/OTL) were back in action this past weekend at home taking on the second place Hawks (8W-2L-0T/OTL) in what was a playoff style games in October.
Game 1 of the weekend went to the Hawks by a score of 5 -4 in OT.
The Hawks would strike first but the lead would quickly go in the Rockets Favour after one even strength and one power play goal from Zac Funk. The Hawks would get the only second period goal to even things up. In the third period the Rockets came out to a quick start with two power play goals from Hicklin and Moger to take the lead. With 10 min remaining the Rockets would take an undisciplined penalty and allow the Hawks to gain momentum back and tie the game up with 3 min to play in the period. In overtime the Hawks were able to score the game winning goal after the Hawks Fodchuk gets open after getting free from his check on what should have been a penalty and scores the game winner. The Rockets would go 3 for 4 on the powerplay while holding the Hawks to 1 for 6 on the PK
In Game 2 on Sunday morning the first place Rockets would come out looking for revenge and would not disappoint holding off the aggressive play from the Hawks with a 3 -2 victory.
The Rockets got the first goal again this time from AP Austin Roest on a Slap Shot from the high slot. The period would end 2-2 with Funk finishing off a nice tip out of the air on a back door pass to tie it up. The lone goal scored in the second period came on the powerplay from Steel Quiring finishing off a passing sequence with a nice one timer. The Hawks would then get themselves into penalty trouble while trying to intimidate the the home team with aggressive play. The Rockets weren't able to capitalise on the opportunities going 1 for 10 on the powerplay while holding the Hawks to 0-6 on the their powerplay chances and closing out with a 3-2 victory. Hawks goaltender Shull held the Hawks in the game making some out of this world saves including a penalty shot from Roest. Rockets outshot the Hawks 44-23.
The Rockets are back on the road this coming weekend taking on Caribou Cougars in Prince George. The Cougars were the playoff champions last season and while currently sitting in 4th place have two games at hand on the Rockets sitting a potential 2 points back of the Rockets.