Midget Rockets down Kamloops to win valley title
The Kelowna Fripp Warehousing Rockets have punched their ticket to the B.C. midget tier 1 boys hockey championship March 17 to 21 in Abbotsford.
The Rockets will represent the valley after capturing the Okanagan Mainline title over the weekend.
Kelowna completed a two-game sweep of the Kamloops Lions in the league finale with a 3-2 victory Saturday in Kamloops.
Adam Beatty tipped in the game winner at 10:09 of the third period off a point shot from Arlyn Semeschuk.
The Rockets took the lead late in the first period on a goal from Kobe Oishi on a nice feed from Kevin Roth. The Lions tied it up late in the second, setting the stage for the dramatic comeback in the third. Kamloops forged ahead at the 18:35 mark of the third, but Brandon Barnes evened the score at the 13:52 mark off a goal mouth scramble with linemates Austin Lindsay and Ryan Lawson adding assists. Kelowna outshot the hometown Lions 35-19 in the game. Sam Bobyn earned the win between the pipes.
The Rockets opened the best-of-three league final a week earlier with a 3-1 win at home.
Kelowna finished a top the Okanagan Mainline regular season standings with a 12-2-1 record.