Ok Rockets better than OK

B.C. Major Midget League team unbeaten in six games to start season

  • Tue Oct 9th, 2012 6:00am
  • Sports

Okanagan Rockets forward Brett Mennear goes on the attack against the Kootenay Ice in BCMML action Sunday at the Capital News Centre.

Prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, the Okanagan Rockets fully expected to be serious contenders in the B.C. Major Midget League.

Three weeks into the new campaign, the Kelowna-based club is having no trouble living up to its advanced billing.

The Rockets crushed the visiting Kootenay Ice in back-to-back games over the weekend at the Capital News Centre to remain unbeaten through their first six (5-0-1) regular season games.

On Saturday, Okanagan rolled  to a 6-0 victory as 16-year-old Reid Kilburn posted the shutout for this third win.

Captain Brenden Wagner scored twice an added an assist, with Brett Mennear, Josh Blanchard, Dennon Leibel, and Spencer Hewson adding singles, and Michael McEachern and Alex Gran registering two assists each.

On Sunday, more of the same in a 10-0 win as Wagner added two more goals and now leads the team with eight this season.

Kelowna Rockets second-round draft pick Joe Gatenby picked up his first two BCMML goals, while Blanchard added his sixth and seventh tallies of the campaign.

Brenden Mills made 12 saves for his first MML shutout as the Rockets outshot the Ice 106-24 over the two games.

This weekend, the Rockets will travel to the Langley Events Centre for the league’s annual showcase event. Okanagan will face the Valley West Hawks for games on Saturday and Sunday.