The Okanagan Rockets’ monopoly on home ice has been put on hold—at least for one weekend.
The Rockets’ 22-game B.C. Major Midget League win unbeaten streak at the Capital News Centre was halted by the Vancouver Northwest Giants who swept both games of a doubleheader from their Kelowna-based hosts.
The Giants pretty much shut down the Rockets’ attack, winning 4-1 on Saturday and 3-1 on Sunday.
Lucas Cullen scored the lone goal in the series opener for the Rockets, who trailed 1-0 and 2-1 by periods.
“I thought our start was fine, but as the game wore on we seemed to get further and further away from our game plan,” said Rockets head coach Simon Ferguson.
On Sunday, a struggling Rockets power play was the difference, as the Okanagan side went 0-for-6, including misfiring on a 5-on-3 for a full two minutes in the third period.
Cole Demers made his first career BCMML start on Sunday for the Rockets and impressed with several top quality saves, stopping 23 of 26 shots.
The Rockets lone goal on Sunday came off the stick of Sam Binfet who picked up his first of the season.
The Giants are (6-0-0) this season and have given up just six goals in the process.
The Rockets (2-2-0) will look to get back on track this weekend as they host the South Island Royals at CNC. Face off on Saturday is 3 p.m., followed by 10 a.m. Sunday.