The Okanagan Rockets and Fraser Valley Thunderbirds played two full B.C. Major Midget League games on the weekend and couldn’t solve anything, battling to a pair of ties at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna.
After a 1-1 tie on Saturday to open the weekend, the Rockets came from behind three separate times on Sunday to earn a valuable point in a 3-3 tie with the Thunderbirds.
Okanagan outshot the Thunderbirds by a 20-6 margin in the opening frame and 49-25 in the game but kept battling from behind to earn the tie.
Myles Mattila, Hayden Dick and Eli Zummack, who tied the game in the third period with a shorthanded marker, did the scoring for the Rockets.
Jordan Naylor was outstanding in the T-Birds crease, making 46 saves on 49 shots in this one. Cole Demers came up with huge saves and finished with 22 saves on 25 shots.
It was much the same story on Saturday in the weekend opener as the goaltenders stole the show. Okanagan outshot Fraser Valley 56 to 21 in the game but could only score once in a 1-1 tie.
The Rockets opened the scoring in the first period, scoring the only goal of the opening frame and it came on a terrific shorthanded rush. Chase Stevenson, returning to the lineup after a 14-game absence, took a pass from Zummack on a 2-on-2 rush and took his defender all the way to the goal before burying his 13th of the season to put Okanagan up 1-0 after one period.
Rockets netminder Cole Demers allowed just one goal as well as Fraser Valley tied the game in the middle frame.
The Rockets fired 20 shots on goal in the third frame but Paul Tucek was there to answer all of them, making a total 55 saves on 56 saves.
The Rockets (21-10-5) play their final regular season series on the road this weekend when they travel to Kamloops to face off against the Thompson Blazers (5-24-6). The games can be seen live on www.playfullscreen.com.