The Okanagan Rockets could not complete the weekend sweep in a penalty filled 7-2 loss against the Valley West Hawks on Sunday as the two BCMML teams split two games at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna.
After winning the weekend opener on Saturday by a 6-4 score, coming back from two goal thirdperiod deficit, the Rockets couldn’t complete its second straight comeback and lost Sunday’s game by the 7-2 score.
The Rockets opened the scoring on Sunday morning as Matt Kowalski potted his 15th goal of the season. But after that it was all Hawks as the Valley West club scored three straight times and never looked back in the win.
Down 4-1 in the second, Okanagan cut the lead to just two on a 2nd period marker courtesy of Alec Zawatsky, redirecting his 11th goal of the season off a Seth Barton point shot. But Valley West scored three straight to cement the win.
Cole Demers started the game, making 14 saves on 19 shots before being replaced by Liam Hughes who closed out the game for the Rockets, who allowed five power play goals in the loss.
In the weekend opener between the two teams, Valley West grabbed an early lead but the Rockets were able to come back for the win.
The Rockets started the game strong, dominating territorial play but found themselves down 1-0. Okanagan tied the game late in the 1st thanks to a phenomenal dangle by Chase Stevenson who danced through the Hawks defense and made his way to the goal before passing off to Eli Zummack for his 7th goal of the year and to tie the game 1-1 with 27 seconds to go in the first frame.
The Hawks dominated the 2nd period with three goals to take a 4-2 lead. Matt Kowalski had the Rockets second goal of the game but the team trailed 4-2 lead heading into the final period.
But in the third the Rockets started to take the game over. Kowalski netted his 2nd of the game at the 1:33 mark of the 3rd, before he tied the game, completing his hat-trick with a slap shot from the top of the slot on the power play.
Just 23 seconds after that, the Rockets took their first lead of the game courtesy of Ben Dietrich-Scammell’s 5th goal of the season. Kowalski sealed the deal with an empty net goal with 26 seconds to play to secure a 6-4 victory
Liam Hughes started in net for the Rockets, making 28 saves on 32 shots.
The two teams remain tied for third place in the BCMML. The Rockets record is 9-6-1 heading to a bye weekend Okanagan is back on the ice Saturday, November 17th as they take on the Thompson Blazers at the Capital News Centre.