Okanagan Rockets' forward Brandon Whistle cuts in towards the Greater Vancouver Canadians' net Sunday in B.C. Major Midget League action Sunday at the Capital News Centre.

Okanagan Rockets' forward Brandon Whistle cuts in towards the Greater Vancouver Canadians' net Sunday in B.C. Major Midget League action Sunday at the Capital News Centre.

Streak ends, Okanagan Rockets split with Canadians

Rockets hang on for BCMML win Saturday, lose to Greater Van on Sunday

The Okanagan Rockets didn’t have their best hockey at their disposal against the Greater Vancouver Canadians and, as a result, watched their seven-game win streak end Sunday at the Capital News Centre.

On the upside, the Rockets earned a split to remain in the upper echelon of the B.C. Major Midget League with a 9-3 record.

In the opener of the two-game set on Saturday, the Rockets survived a second-period letdown for a 3-2 win over the Canadians.

Levi Johnson, Connor Bowey and Sam Binfet spotted the home team to a 3-0 lead, before Greater Van rallied with two goals in a 90-second span.

Jordan Reynolds, with a 24-save effort for the Rockets, preserved the win with a solid third period.

On Sunday, the tables were turned as the Canadians jumped out to a 3-0 lead, then hung on for a 4-2 victory.

Brett Witala and Marcus Mitchell scored in the loss, while Cole Demers made 28 saves in goal.

“I thought our start was better Sunday, than it was on Saturday when we jumped out to the lead,” said Rockets head coach Simon Ferguson. “That’s the way it goes in hockey sometimes. We reminded the guys after the game that it’s all a process in building and getting better.”

The Rockets are back at home this weekend as they host the Valley West Hawks.

The teams meet Saturday at 3 p.m. at CNC, then again Sunday at 10 a.m.

 

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