Mar 2013 05

March Game of the Month Preview

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The Okanagan Rockets of the BC Major Midget league will host the Valley West Hawks (Langley) in quarterfinal playoff action beginning on Friday at the Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna.

The Rockets (26-8-6) finished third in the standings and will host the Hawks (19-15-6) in the best of three match-up.  During the regular season the Rockets would dominate the Hawks winning three of the four games and outscoring them 22-12.  One of their wins was a 7-0 shutout in Ryan’s December Game of the Month.

Branden Wagner led the Rockets during the regular season with 56 points (24+32), while Josh Blanchard led the club with 29 goals.

The Hawks are led by Rhett Wilcox who tallied 52 points during the regular season, while Jakob Stukel lit the lamp 30 goals to lead all Hawks’ scorers.

No doubt goaltending will play a large role, especially in a short three game series.  The Rockets can platoon Reid Kilburn (13-3-2) and Brenden Mills (12-5-4) as both shared time throughout the regular season.  Kilburn’s goals against average was slightly better at 2.34, compared to Mills’ 2.89.

The Hawks should give Luke Stripp the nod in Game 1.  He compiled a 10-10-3 record with a 3.14 goals against average.  Back-up Cole Forbes finished the season 7-5-3 with a 3.73 goals against average.

Ryan will be joined by colour analyst Alex Draper and sideline report Mike Tartaglia to bring all the action in the first March Game of the Month presented by Intersync Video Productions.  Puck drops at 7:00pm, with the pre-game show set for 6:50pm.


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