Okanagan Rockets to face Chiefs in key series

Defending BCMML champs, currently in second spot, to take on fourth-place team in Richmond

An important set of games faces the Okanagan Rockets as the defending BCMML champs head to the Richmond Oval this weekend for the league’s annual showcase event.

The second-place Rockets (19-7-2) will face the fourth-place Northeast Chiefs on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Okanagan leads the Giants by two points, while the Chiefs are just three back of the Rockets heading into the weekend.

The showcase features games involving 10 of the league’s 11 teams.

Meanwhile, the Rockets domination of Kootenay continued on the weekend in Nelson, as Okanagan made it 15 straight victories over the Ice.

On Saturday, rookie Cole Demers stopped 16 shots for the shutout in a 4-0 Rockets win.

Marcus Mitchell scored his team-leading 19th goal in the win, while Levi Johnson, Carter Rhine and Lucas Cullen scored the others.

On Sunday, Jordan Reynolds stopped 26 shots for his 10th win as the Rockets prevailed 3-1.

Ben Dietrich-Scammell, Brandon Whistle and AP Jordan Todd scored in the victory.

“Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with our effort,” said Rockets head coach Simon Ferguson.

The Rockets next home action is Feb. 14 and 15 against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.

 

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