Okanagan Rockets assistant captain Carter Rhine (left) battles Fraser Valley's Jamie Housch in B.C. Major Midget League action Sunday at CNC.

Okanagan Rockets assistant captain Carter Rhine (left) battles Fraser Valley's Jamie Housch in B.C. Major Midget League action Sunday at CNC.

Okanagan Rockets look for bounce-back weekend

Defending BCMML champs lose twice at home to Fraser Valley, will see last-place Thompson for two this coming weekend

With the league’s last-place team up next, there may be no better chance for the Okanagan Rockets to get their season back on track in the B.C. Major Midget League.

The Rockets, who have just one win in their last eight games, have a doubleheader this weekend against the Thompson Blazers. The teams will face off Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Capital News Centre, then again Sunday at 6 p.m. in Kamloops.

The 11th-place Blazers (2-31-3) are coming off a surprising upset win over the Greater Vancouver Canadians on Sunday.

The Rockets (20-12-4) will be looking to rebound after absorbing a sweep on home ice at the hands of the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.

The Rockets, who hadn’t played at CNC since Dec. 7, fell 4-3 on Saturday and 3-2 on Sunday. In Sunday’s game, Okanagan outshot the T’Birds 42-22.

The order of the third to sixth seedings in the BCMML will likely go down to the final weekend, with the Northeast Chiefs currently sitting in third spot with 45 points.

The Rockets and Valley West Hawks have 44 points each, while the sixth-place Greater Vancouver Canadians have 43. The Chiefs, Rockets and Hawks each have two games in hand on the Canadians.

Okanagan will close out its regular season Feb. 28 and March 1 against the first-place Cariboo Cougars.

The top four teams at season’s end will have home ice advantage for the playoffs.

 

 

Kelowna Capital News