Okanagan Rockets sweep Giants for B.C. major midget crown
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March 23, 2014 - 9:38 AM
For the 1st time since 2005-2006, the Okanagan Rockets are the BCMML champions.
The Rockets got the go ahead goal from Jake Kryski 4:58 into the 3rd period and hung on to defeat the Vancouver NW Giants 4-3 and in the process won the BCMML championship series 2-0.
The Rockets led 1-0 after 20 minutes thanks to a 1st period marker from Tyson Jost. The goal was Jost's 9th of the playoffs. Shots in the opening period favoured Vancouver 14-10.
It took just 1:38 of the 2nd period for the Rockets to push their lead to 2-0 as Liam Finlay netted his 11th of the post season.
As expected, the Giants began to push and would score with 12:43 and 5:24 to go in the 2nd period to pull even. The Rockets got a go-ahead marker off the stick of Carter Hikichi with just 48 seconds left in the 2nd period to re-take the lead at 3-2. It wasn't a long lived lead. The Giants scored one of the craziest goals you will see with just 3.8 seconds left in the period to pull even once again. A shot went high and wide, but bounced off the glass and back out in front where it hit an unsuspecting Rockets defenceman in the back and went in.
Kryski's game winning marker was his second such in as many weekend. Not only did they prove to be game winning goals, but also series winning goals.
Brendan Barry was great again as he improved to 6-1 in the playoffs and made 37 saves on the night.
The Okanagan Rockets will now move on to the Pacific Regional Championship held this year in Alberta. The Rockets will travel to the winner of the series between Red Deer and Lloydminster. The Chiefs currently lead the best of 5 series, 1 game to none.
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