Nov 2012 26

Okanagan Rockets Snap Giants Winning Streak

Posted in Featured, Sports

The Okanagan Rockets earned a statement 7-3 win over the 1st place Vancouver N.W Giants on Sunday at the Burnaby Winter Club.

Josh Blanchard (pictured) had 3 goals and 2 assists to pace an offensive explosion against the league’s top-rated defence. Heading into the weekend the Giants were giving up less than two goals per game. The Rockets struck for more goals on Sunday than the Giants had given up in their last 5 games combined.

Also scoring for the Rockets on Sunday were Justin Marreck with a pair (4th and 5th), Brendan Wagner (16th), and Brett Mennear (10th).

The Rockets were up 2-1 after 20 and 6-2 after 40 before exchanging goals with the Giants to close out the 3rd period.

The Rockets entered action this weekend winless since 2006 at the Burnaby Winter Club, a streak stretching out over 12 games.

Instead of being intimidated by the 1st place and previously undefeated Giants, the Rockets brought their A-game and took 3 of a possible 4 points on the weekend.

The Rockets out shot the Giants 43-25 on Sunday and 74-46 over the two games.

“We had a game plan set for the weekend and I’m proud of the way our guy’s executed it this weekend” said Rockets head coach James Eccles.
“This isn’t an easy place to win, to come in here and get 3 points is a good stepping stone for our group.”

Brenden Mills made 22 saves for his 6th win of the year on Sunday.

The win improves the Rockets record to 12-2-4, good for 28 points. The Rockets remained 2 points behind the Cariboo Cougars for 2nd place and now find themselves just 4 points behind the Giants who fell to 15-1-2 on the year.

The Rockets will now return home to face the 4-12-2 Fraser Valley Thunderbirds at the CNC next weekend. Games are Saturday at 3:00 pm and Sunday at 10:00 am.

The Rockets will be featured as Ryan’s December Game of the Month on December 15, 2012, more details to follow ….

Story courtesy of Okanagan Rockets
Photo courtesy of Lorne White

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