The Kelowna bantam Tier 1 Rockets opened up a one game to nothing advantage in its minor hockey playoff series with the Westside bantam Warriors on the weekend.
Brandon Barnes broke a 2-2 tie in the third period to vault the Paragon Pharmacy Rockets past the Warriors 4-2 in the best-of-three series.
Barnes undressed a Warriors defenceman then fired a shot into the top corner for the game’s winning goal Sunday at Prospera Place.
Justin Lange scored twice while Branden Wagner and Josh Blanchard also scored for the Rockets. Reid Kilburn earned the win in net.
Trevor Mlait and Cody Egilson scored for the Warriors while Nicholas Crowder played in net.
Game two is this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Jim Lind Arena in West Kelowna.
In the other bantam Tier 1 playoff series Vernon defeated Penticton and will now play Kamloops.
In other minor hockey playoffs the Kelowna bantam female Tier 1 Rockets opened up their playoff series with Kamloops with a 2-1 victory.