Ok Rockets sweep Giants in first-place battle

Okanagan opens up four-point lead in BCMML with back-to-back wins over defending champs

The Okanagan Rockets left little doubt as to the identity of the team to beat in the B.C. Major Midget League.

In a head-on battle for top spot at CNC, the Rockets swept both ends of a weekend doubleheader from the Vancouver Northwest Giants.

Okanagan is now 9-0-0 on home ice this season.

The Rockets (12-1-1), who lost to the Giants (10-3-1) in last year’s BCMML final, now lead their rivals by four points for first place.

“It doesn’t make up for last year, but I’ll take it,” said Rockets general manager David Michaud.

On Saturday, Tyson Jost’s team-leading 11th goal of the season with just 4:19 to play in the third period pushed the Rockets to a 2-1 victory over the Giants.

Linemate Jake Kryski scored the other Okanagan goal, while Reid Kilburn was solid in the Rockets net with 32 stops.

The lone Vancouver goal came on a power play in the second period.

On Sunday, the Rockets struck for three power play goals en route to a 5-2 victory and a weekend sweep.

Jost, the BCMML’s leading scorer, led the Rockets to victory again with a goal and three assists.

“The truly great players in the game find a way to get even better when the games are toughest and most important,” added Michaud. “Tyson proved this weekend that he is truly a big game player.”

Kristian Blumenschein, with two, captain Branden Wagner and Tanner Browne also scored for Okanagan. Brendan Barry stopped 36 shots in the Rockets net to push his record to 6-0-0 this season.

The Rockets played both games without one of their top offensive threat, forward Liam Finlay, who will be sidelined several weeks with an upper-body injury.

This weekend, the Rockets are back on the road as they visit the Great Vancouver Giants for two games at the Richmond Oval.

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