The Okanagan Rockets saw their season come to an end on Saturday night with a 3-0 loss to the Greater Vancouver Canadians. The win clinched the best of 3 series two games to none. The Canadians will now move on to the Semi-Finals next weekend.
For the second consecutive game Canadians goalie Chris Tai stole the show, this time a 33 save shutout was the end result. Add it all up and Tai stopped 93 of 95 shots in the two games for a sparkling .978 save percentage.
The Rockets were one of the MML’s highest scoring outfits during the regular season, but they could find just 2 goals in the 2 games.
“I give a lot of credit to the Canadians,” said Rockets General Manager David Michaud. “It’s no easy task to come on the road and win two games in this building. Without question they deserved the win. I thought they executed their game plan to a tee and were able to dictate things a little more than I would have like today, we just didn’t have much in the way of an answer for them this weekend.”
A season with so much hope for the Rockets now comes to an early end. “It’s obviously not the result we were looking for. It’s disappointing to see it come to such an abrupt end. This was a great group of young men to be involved with.”
The loss also end the midget careers of team Captain Josh Ellis, and alternate captains Mitchell Cook and Mat Lambert.
“There isn’t much more that can be said about that trio that I haven’t already said,” Michaud added. “It’s been a pleasure to work with those three over the past two seasons. They are quality young men and there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to help them make their mark at the next level. They all have bright futures ahead.”
The Canadians will wait for the winner of the Hawks vs. Chiefs series to see who they face in the semis.
For the Rockets, an off-season of planning and building towards next year get started a little earlier than the staff would have liked.