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Tier I midget Rockets go for gold

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 | 5:15 pm

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Eric Chore (right) of the Fripp Warehousing Kelowna Jr. Rockets got the team's opneing goal of the provincial championships in their 8-3 loss to the host Ridge Meadows Rustlers in their opening game Sunday. (File photo Chris Stanford)


After a suprising 8-3 loss to the host Ridge Meadows Rustlers on Sunday, The Fripp Warehousing Kelowna Midget Tier 1 Junior Rockets got back to their winning ways with victories Monday against Prince George and Richmond at the provincial championships.

The Rockets started fast and furious against the Rustlers but despite outshooting them 11-4, the period ended with no scoring. Ridge Meadows finally opened the scoresheet in the second, but Kelowna’s Eric Chore answered back to tie it at 1-1, until Ridge Meadows scored goals 12 seconds apart to take a 3-1 lead. Brandon Perger and David London scored on powerplay for Kelowna to tie the score 3-3 but Ridge Meadows went ahead 4-3 before the period ended.

The third period did not go Kelowna’s way, with a goal by Ridge Meadows on a four-on-three powerplay making the score 5-3. The turning point of the game came while killing a five-minute major penalty, the Rockets scoring a goal that was ultimately disallowed. Despite the Rockets outshooting the opposition 7-6 in the third and 29-19 in the game, Ridge Meadows kept up the pressure, eventually scoring three late goals to put the game out of reach.

On Monday morning the Junior Rockets faced off against Prince George, with Kelowna’s Brendan Urban opening the scoring halfway through the first period en route to a 6-1 win.

In the second period Brandon Perger and Cory Hochhausen scored on powerplays and Kelowna took charge of the game outshooting Prince George 16-5 in the frame.

In the third period Prince George scored on the powerplay but the Junior Rockets responded two minutes later with a goal by Eric Chore and Josh Wickenheiser scored with two minutes left in the game along with Brandon Perger who added another with less than a minute left to complete the rout.

On Monday afternoon Kelowna improved their record with a 3-2 edging of Richmond.

Although the Junior Rockets outplayed and outshot Richmond 16-6 in the first frame, the Rockets trailed 1-0.

After killing off an early penalty in the second, the Jr. Rockets scored shorthanded at the eight-minute mark on a goal by Brendan Urban to tie the score 1-1.

Richmond scored at the eight minute mark to jump into the lead again, but with less than two minutes left in the period, Brendan Urban scored on the powerplay to even the score at 2-2.

In the third period, Josh Wickenheiser got the game-winner and despite Richmond pulling their goalie with 47 seconds left, they were unable to score as the Kelowna Rockets held on, eventually outshooting Richmond 14-6 in the third period and 47-20 for the game.

The Rockets head into Tuesday afternoon’s matchup against Seafair with a 2-1 record, and they will finish up round-robin play against Campbell River Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the six-team tournament.

The top two teams from the round robin will face off for the Midget Tier 1 Provincial Championship on Wednesday night at the Cam Neely Arena at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge.


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