Ok Rockets rally past Hawks

Big line gets 10 points as Rockets earn split, remain in sixth in BCMML

Mathematically, it wasn’t a must-win scenario for the B.C. Major Midget League’s Okanagan Rockets.

Still, Sunday’s come-from-behind effort against the Valley West Hawks could go a long way in determining the Rockets playoff future.

After losing to the Hawks Saturday at CNC—a team they trailed by three points in the standings when the weekend began—the Rockets were down 4-2 in the second period on Sunday morning and looked ripe to be swept.

But Okanagan rallied with five unanswered goals—the second coming 15 seconds into the third period—to post a crucial 7-4 win.

“James Eccles and Brady Mason challenged our players, and they responded beautifully,” said Rockets general manager David Michaud. “It seems that every game is a big one for our team, but this one had an even larger significance. The difference between three points and seven points is obviously huge.”

The Rockets top line of Parker Bowles, Brett Mennear and Harlan Orr did the majority of the damage with five goals and five assists. Mennear and Orr each notched a pair for the Rockets who got singles from Bowles, Mackenzie Ferner, and Josh Ellis.

Brenden Mills replaced starter Harrison Whitlock after 40 minutes and shut the door for the Rockets stopping all 12 shots in the third. Mills improved to 7-5-3 with the victory. Whitlock turned aside 14 of 18 during the two periods.

On Saturday, the Hawks posted a 4-2 win over the Rockets.

Orr and Bowles spotted Okanagan to an early 2-0 lead, before Valley West responded with four unanswered goals for the win.

Heading into the Christmas break, the Rockets (10-9-5) occupy the sixth and final playoff spot and are three points back of the Hawks.

Nipping at the Rockets heels are North Island and Fraser Valley, each just one point back.

Meanwhile, the Rockets will leave Christmas day for Calgary at the 2012 version of the prestigious Mac’s International Midget Tournament.

Okanagan will play games against the Calgary Buffaloes, Leduc, Alta., Prince Albert, Sask., and York, Ont.

The Rockets return to BCMML action Jan. 7 and 8 at home to the Kootenay Ice.

• U17 Challenge

While the Okanagan Rockets head to Calgary their manager, David Michaud, will be on his way to Windsor, Ont., for the World U17 Challenge.

Michaud is serving as the assistant director of operations for Team Pacific.

The Pacific roster includes a pair of Kelowna Rockets: defenceman Jesse Lees and forward Tyson Baillie.

One other Rocket, Madison Bowey, will play for Team West.

The U17 Challenge runs Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 and features five regional teams from Canada, along with the U.S., Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden and Germany.

 

Just Posted

Okanagan College business program compounds opportunites for finance students

The college has recieved Chartered Financial Analysist credentials for finance students

Kelowna torchbearers announced for Canada Games

The torch will be passed to Kelowna Nov. 30

Kelowna RCMP issue tickets during Hells Angels annual Poker Run

The 90 participants were held up in Glenmore

Kelowna’s Little Owl Academy recieved award of excellence

They are one of the recipients of the Child Care Award of Excellence from the B.C. government.

Triple O’s hosts their nineth annual KidSport Day fundraiser

A ‘Stadium Burger’ has been created for the event

Weekday weather update

A look at your Okanagan-Shuswap weekday weather for Sept. 24

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

New arts council formed in Lake Country

Get to Know Us Extravaganza is Sept. 29

Don’t feed birds in the parking lot

Vernon wildlife control services owner says feeding ducks and geese, or any wildlife, is bad

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Appeal pipeline decision but consult Indigenous communities, Scheer says

The federal appeals court halted the Trans Mountain expansion last month

Luxury Airbnb faces regional district scorn

An Okangan property owner is accused of performing renovations, renting the chalet without proper permits

Most Read