The Okanagan Rockets displayed both their best and worst in one unpredictable weekend of hockey.
In a battle of two of the top teams in the B.C. Major Midget League at CNC, the Rockets took down the Cariboo Cougars 5-1 with a solid effort on Saturday afternoon.
But on Sunday, a vastly different Okanagan squad put forth a lackluster effort en route to a stunning 8-0 loss.
The Cougars chased Rockets starting goalie Brenden Mills after scoring five goals on 17 shots. Reid Kilburn finished the contest for the Rockets who fall to 9-2-1 on the year.
With the win, the Cougars improve to 11-3-0 and hold a three point lead over the Rockets in the BCMML standings, though the Rockets do hold two games in hand.
“I’m embarrassed by this effort on home ice,” said Okanagan general manager David Michaud. “I feel for the parents and families that came out to watch, they deserved a better effort from our hockey club. Not taking a single thing away from the Cougars as they showed some tremendous character after losing yesterday, but I’m not sure we would have beat anyone in our league today with the way we played.”
On Saturday, after the teams traded goals in a tight contest in the second period, the Rockets erupted for four answered goals in the third period to post the win.
Alex Gran’s fourth goal of the season 3:02 into the final frame proved to be the winner.
Spencer Hewson, Branden Wagner, Josh Blanchard and Justin Marreck also scored for Okanagan, while goalie Mills stopped 22 Cariboo shots for his fourth win.
This weekend, the Rockets return home when they host the South Island Royals from Victoria.