The Kelowna Fripp Rockets celebrate the Okanagan Mainline midget tier 1 championship.

The Kelowna Fripp Rockets celebrate the Okanagan Mainline midget tier 1 championship.

Midget Rockets down Kamloops to win valley title

Kelowna Fripp Rockets advance to provincials later this month in Abbotsford

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.

 

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