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Okanagan Rockets on a roll

Okanagan Rockets forward Carter Hikichi scored the game winner Saturday against the North Island Silvertips in BCMML action at CNC. - Douglas Farrow/Contributor
Okanagan Rockets forward Carter Hikichi scored the game winner Saturday against the North Island Silvertips in BCMML action at CNC.
— image credit: Douglas Farrow/Contributor

To say the Okanagan Rockets are on a roll would be a colossal understatement.

The Rockets swept the North Island Silvertips over the weekend at the Capital News Centre to push their B.C. Major Midget League winning streak to nine games.

The Rockets, who are also unbeaten in the last 14, are 13-1-3 this season on home ice.

The Silvertips offered some resistance on Saturday before Okanagan (20-2-4) emerged with a 3-2 win.

Carter Hikichi, elevated to the club's top line in the absence of Josh Blanchard, led the Rockets attack with two goals and an assist.

Spencer Hewson scored the the other Rockets goal, while goaltender Reid Kilburn stopped 22 shots for the win.

On Sunday, the Rockets recorded a 5-0 win.

Josh Blanchard, back in the lineup after playing one game with the BCHL's Penticton Vees, scored his team-leading 25th goal of the season in 25 games.

Hikichi, with his third of the weekend, Cortlan Procter, Alex Gran, and Justin Marreck also scored for the Rockets.

Kilburn wasn't busy in the home team's net, but did improve to 11-0-1 making 15 saves for his fourth shutout of the season.

His goals against average in his rookie season is 1.88.

The Rockets will have this coming weekend off, before heading to Langley Jan. 18 and 19 for the BCMML's all-star festivities.

Brendan Wagner, Brett Mennear, Josh Blanchard, Alex Gran, Joe Gatenby, and Brenden Mills will all represent the Rockets.

 

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