Rockets fit to be tied

Matthew Gourlie
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Okanagan ties for third straight game against Prince Albert

The Okanagan Rockets played to three ties all season in their league.

Kobe Oishi from the Okanagan Rockets, right, tries to fight off the check of Braxx George from the Prince Albert Mintos during Telus Cup action in Moose Jaw Wednesday.

At the Telus Cup they've played to three ties in as many days.

The Rockets used a late goal by Gen Bryshun and a breakaway save by Brendan Barry with two seconds left to earn a 1-1 tie with the Prince Albert Mintos Wednesday at the Telus Cup.

"I'm so sick of tying games, we need to get a win," said Liam Finlay from the Rockets who had an assist. "We're used to winning, so coming out here and tying — yeah it's frustrating.

"I still think we're in a good position. There's nothing to worry about, so we just have to be confident."

The Rockets will play Toronto and Halifax to finished off the round robin.

The Mintos are tied with Châteauguay in first place with five points. The Toronto Young Nationals are third with four points and Okanagan is fourth with their three points.

Five of the nine games played so far have finished in ties.

After a tight first two periods, the teams traded chances in the third period Wednesday night.

One day after Lane Michasiw made 35 saves in a win, Connor Ingram made 31 saves for the Mintos.

Ingram's best stop came on the first shift of the third period when he robbed Tanner Wishnowski on a breakaway.

The next trip down the ice, Keegan Kjargaard scored his second goal of the tournament 53 seconds into the final frame to give the Mintos the lead.

"I think it's good. It pushes both of us. Whoever plays our team believes in us," said Ingram of the internal competition between the Mintos goalies. "I believe in him and I think he believes in me — I hope he does at least.

"We both know we can get it done and that our team believes in us. No matter what we'll put an effort out there and give our team a chance to win."

It took something special to beat Ingram.

Bryshun picked up the puck in the neutral zone and beat two Mintos before wiring a shot off the underside of the crossbar to tie the game with 6:40.

Wishnowski assisted on Bryshun's goal. He has seven points so far in the tournament and has been in on every Rockets goal.

Okanagan's Tyson Jost missed the net on a breakaway with 3:30 left and Barry got his blocker on Teal Sobkowicz' breakaway chance with two second left to preserve the tie.

The referees put a second back on the clock which may have been ill-advised as the bad blood between the teams escalated at the final buzzer.

"There's something about that team that makes you want to play that much harder," said Ingram who admitted that the hostility led to him adding a little more flourish and style to his glove saves.

"I wasn't really in the middle of it, but I wish I was. I just get to watch, but when they come around my net I get to act like a big dog, but if anybody ever came after me I'm losing no matter what."

The teams were asked by the officials not to shake hands and instead they stood at their respective blue lines and jawed at each other after the post-game ceremonies had concluded.



Organizations: Telus, Prince Albert, Toronto Young Nationals

Geographic location: Okanagan, Toronto, Halifax

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