Okanagan Rockets' goalie Cole Demers makes a save with Cariboo's Ethan O'Rourke on the doorstep and Danny Gatenby (left) defending in the final games of the B.C. Major Midget League regular season Sunday at CNC.

Okanagan Rockets to battle Thunderbirds in opening round

Kelowna-based midget team to open best-of-three Friday against Fraser Valley

The “real season” begins for the Okanagan Rockets on Friday night when they host the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds to open the B.C. Major Midget League playoffs.

Face off at Prospera Place is 7 p.m.

Game 2 goes Saturday, 5:15 at CNC while a third, if necessary, is set for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Prospera Place.

The Rockets admittedly weren’t thrilled with their fourth place finish this season in the BCMML, but can make amends over the next several weeks.

“We’re all ready to begin the real season, all year we’ve been stressing to the group to focus on the process and not the results,” said Rockets GM Braeden Pistawka. “I think the group comes into playoffs with a little chip on their shoulder as we may not have placed where we wanted to in the standings but none of that matters now except the game in front of us.”

There wasn’t much to choose in the season series between the teams, with the Rockets winning once and the other three games ending in a tie.

“I think we match up well against Fraser Valley, in saying that all four games this season have been tight and we expect it to be a war come Friday,” Pistawka said. “They’ve got excellent goaltending all year and have a quick break offence that can beat you on the transition.”

The Rockets (23-12-5) closed out the regular season at home over the weekend, losing both games to the Cariboo Cougars 3-1 and 6-4.


Just Posted

Imagine Kelowna’s future this week

Four community meetings will take place on the future of the city

Accidents mount as snow falls

Kelowna drivers are having a tough time with worsening conditions

Kelowna’s global awareness festival set to go

Festival organizers get $22,800 grant from federal government to help stage this year’s events

Bus slams into truck at Kelowna intersection

A transit bus and a pick-up truck came together in the noon hour in Kelowna

Downtown Kelowna shopping mall getting face lift

The Towne Centre Mall on Bernard will be renamed and renovated inside and out

Scandia Jungle mini golf course reopening

Kelowna - Rutland Elementary students were the first ones to try the revamped course Tuesday

Castlegar homicide victim identified

The victim was 38-year-old Jordan Workman of Castlegar, B.C.

B.C. Liberal leadership candidates get one last prime-time pitch

Leadership campaign to be decided in Feb. 3 vote

Letter: Dictatorships don’t happen by accident

Kelowna letter-writer says people following Donald Trump are enabling him

Team chaplain reflects on time with Silverbacks

Kenny Toews served as a mentor and spiritual leader to the team for six seasons

Drawings connect autistic student with the world

Leifen Mitchell-Banks creates colourful cartoon characters at Salmon Arm Secondary.

Lake Country skier named Olympic alternate

Ian Deans will be a back up for the men’s ski cross team in South Korea

Andrew Scheer on trade, Trump and Trudeau

Canada’s Conservative leader begins three-day visit to B.C.

10 Safeways in Lower Mainland to close, union says

Locations in Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Coquitlam, Richmond and Mission slated to shut

Most Read