The Okanagan Rockets rallied from a two-goal deficit to gain a 3-3 draw with Chateauguay to open the 2014 Telus Cup Midget Hockey Championships Monday night in Moose Jaw.
A tentative start cost the Rockets as Tyler Hylland was sprung on a break away to put the Grenadiers on the board at 8:47.
Much of the opening frame belonged to Chateauguay, who looked to take control of the game with a late first-period power play with the Rockets killing of a bench minor for too many men.
Brett Young had other ideas as he walked in on a breakaway of his own shorthanded to put the Rockets on the board with just 11 seconds left in the opening frame.
Whatever momentum was gained from the Young goal didn’t carry over to the 2nd period as Chateauguay scored at 6:23 and 7:48 to take control of the game at 3-1.
At 16:26 of the second period, Tanner Wishnowski innocently put the puck on goal and it somehow snuck past goaltender Etienne Monpetit, pulling the Rockets to within one.
The third period was all Okanagan as they outshot the Grenadiers 15-5. With 7:56 to go, Liam Finlay equalized.
The Rockets faced the host Moose Jaw Generals Tuesday night in the five-team event.