Okanagan keeps playoff hopes alive with 11-2 win
There would be no third period collapse for the Okanagan Rockets Friday.
In fact, they had the game well in hand and kept their foot on the accelerator.
The Rockets romped to an 11-2 win to keep their playoff hopes alive at the Telus Cup.
Thursday, Okanagan blew a 4-1 third period lead against Halifax. They lead 5-1 after two periods Friday and proceeded to score six more goals and out-shot Toronto 24-7 in the final frame.
After ridding the production of Tanner Wishnowski and Liam Finlay in their early games, the Rockets' had a lot of players break out in their final pool game. Carter Hikichi, Tanner Campbell, Tyson Jost and Jake Kryski each scored twice. None of those players had a goal in the first four games.
Finlay, Linden Hora and Branden Wagner also scored for the Rockets.
Toronto's Max Routledge had both of their goals.
The Nationals had already clinched a spot in the semifinals, but didn't take the game lightly. They came out strong and out-shot Okanagan 9-2 early in the game, but failed to beat Brendan Barry who returned to the Rockets net.
Barry made 28 saves in the win.
The Nationals' discipline let them down as they gave up three power play goals in the third and were short-handed seven times in the third. That included two five-on-three power plays.
Oliver Jacobs started his second straight game for the Nationals. He was pulled for Izzy Benigno and returned to the net in third. Jacobs stopped 23 of the 31 shots he faces and Benigno stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced.