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Key weekend for Ok Rockets

Okanagan Rockets forward Harlan Orr tries for a tip in front of Thompson Blazers goalie Liam McLeod in B.C. Major Midget League action Saturday at CNC in Kelowna. - Doug Farrow/Contributor
Okanagan Rockets forward Harlan Orr tries for a tip in front of Thompson Blazers goalie Liam McLeod in B.C. Major Midget League action Saturday at CNC in Kelowna.
— image credit: Doug Farrow/Contributor

The Okanagan Rockets seven-game unbeaten streak will be put to the test this weekend when they visit the Cariboo Cougars for a B.C. Major Midget League twin bill.

The teams will face off Saturday night and again Sunday morning in Prince George.

The Cougars (19-8-5) are in second spot, nine points back of the league-leading Vancouver NW Giants.

The Rockets (15-9-6) and Northeast Chiefs are tied for fourth in the BCMML, two back of the Greater Vancouver Canadians and seven back of Cariboo. Okanagan has two games in hand on the Cougars.

The Rockets are coming off a three-point weekend against the Thompson Blazers.

On Saturday, Parker Bowles sizzling play continued as he scored three goals and added two assists in a 6-3 Rockets win at CNC. Linemate Harlan Orr added a goal and two assists.

 

On Sunday, the Rockets six-game win streak was halted in a 4-4 tie with the Blazers in Chase.

Thompson goalie Devon Pearson stopped 39 shots as Okanagan out shot the Blazers 43-17.

Orr score twice, and Bowles capped off huge weekend—eight points in all—with a goal and two helpers.

Bowles is now second in the MML scoring race with 29 goals and 29 assists in 30 games. Orr is fifth with 22 goals and 28 assists in 28 games.

On Sunday, Bowles moved into a tie with Ryan Anysley for second on the Rockets all-time scoring list with 73 points. Aynsley played in 78 games for the Rockets between 2006-08. Bowles now finds himself just 13 points behind Brett Mulcahy's club record of 86 points.

Midget tier 1 Rockets…

The Kelowna Fripp Warehousing Rockets will tune up for the Okanagan Mainline midget tier 1 playoffs at a tournament this weekend in Lethbridge.

The Rockets clinched top in the OMAHA standings collecting five of a possible six points in league play last weekend.

On Thursday, Kelowna and POE battled to a 0-0 tie.

Chris Turner has the shutout for the Rockets, while Austin Piquette, a Kamloops minor hockey product, was in net for POE.

On Friday, in a rematch, the Rockets beat POE 3-2. Chris Koberinski scored a pair of third period while Braeden Crya scored the other for Kelowna. AP goalie Reid Kilburn collected the victory as Brennan Claypool is still recovering from an injury.

On Saturday in Kamloops, Kelowna stormed out to a 5-0 first period lead and held on for a 7-2 victory. Chris Koberinski, Nick Landry, Braeden Crya, Chris Ridley, Josh Blanchard, Andrew MacLeod and AP player Curtis Coburn each scored once for Kelowna. Chris Turner was the winning goalie.

The Rockets closed the OMAHA schedule with a 14-2-4 record.

Kelowna will host the B.C. midget tier 1 championship March 18 to 23.

 

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