Dec 2012 16

Rockets Blast Hawks in Game of the Month

Posted in Featured, Game Of The Month

The Okanagan Rockets ran their unbeaten streak to 11 on Saturday afternoon with a dominating 7-0 shutout victory over the Valley West Hawks.  It’s their fourth shutout this season and third on home ice.

Mike McEachern put the Rockets in front early, less than 2:30 in the opening frame; he would light the lamp for the third time this season.  Cory Santoro would pick up an assist.  The goal would stand as the game winner.

Before the first period ended Brandon Wagner would score his 19th of the season from Brody Jennings and Josh Johnston.   Wagner’s shot from the point deflected off a Hawk player and slid through the five hole of goaltender Luke Stripp. The Rockets would carry a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.

The second frame was a penalty plagued period as the Rockets seemingly had a man or two man advantage for the majority of the period.  The Hawks would take undisciplined penalties, as the Rockets would score five goals to put the game out of reach.

Less than two minutes into the period Jesse Mills would score his first of the season on a shot from the blue line from Gen Bryshun and Brett Mennear to put Rockets up 3-0.

The BC Major Midget leading score Josh Blanchard would hit the score sheet with a nifty wrist shot that found the top corner for his 23rd of the year in the power play.  Wagner would add a helper.

The Rockets fourth goal came just over four minutes later as Dustin Kostiuk scored a gorgeous goal, going top shelf for his first of the season.  Wagner recorded his third point with an assist.

Cortlan Procter made the score 6-0 with his fifth of the year from Wagner with 6:26 to go in the period.  Dennon Leibel would then finish the scoring with his sixth of the year two minutes later from Kostiuk and Santoro.

The was no scoring in the period as both goalies stood tall.

Rockets goalie Reid Kilburn made 25 saves in the shutout, keeping his undefeated record, now sitting at 9-0.

Wagner with four points was named the game’s first star.  Kilburn was the second star while Kostiuk was named third star.

The Rockets raise their record to 17-2-4, while the Hawks fall to 9-8-6.  The two clubs will meet at 10:00 on Sunday morning to close out the first half of the season prior to the Christmas break.

Photo courtesy of Lorne White

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