Okanagan Rockets open BCMML season with win and tie

Six different players score in season opening victory on Sunday in Kelowna

Okanagan Rockets captain Branden Wagner tries to go wide around a Chiefs defender as the Rockets opened the BCMML season with a win and a tie in Kelowna

Okanagan Rockets captain Branden Wagner tries to go wide around a Chiefs defender as the Rockets opened the BCMML season with a win and a tie in Kelowna

Six different members of the Okanagan Rockets major midget league team found the back of the net on Sunday as the Rockets beat the Vancouver NorthEast Chiefs 6-5 for the team’s first B.C. Major Midget League win of the young season.

The Rockets and Chiefs opened the BCMML season on Saturday with a 50-5 draw, giving Okanagan a win and a tie on the league’s opening weekend.

On Sunday, the Rockets built up a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes and pushed it to 5-1 in the 2nd before the Chiefs began to chip away and make a contest of it. Matthew Barzal was once again the key for the Chiefs as the young phenom picked up his second consecutive four point game with a goal and three assists.

The Rockets meanwhile took a more spread out approach to things on Sunday. Six different players all factored into the scoring for the Rockets who got goals from Branden Wagner (2nd) Liam Finlay (1st), Justin Marreck (2nd), Cory Santoro (1st), Spencer Hewson (3rd), and Graham Millar (1st).  Hewson, Wagner, and defenceman Alex Gran all had two point games.

Reid Kilburn got his first BCMML start and stopped 21 of 26 shots for the win.

During Saturday’s opening tie, the Rockets got a pair of goals from Spencer Hewson, while Wagner, Marreck, and Josh Blanchard added singles.

Brenden Mills went the distance in goal stopping 22 shots.

Up next for the Rockets is a trip to Nanaimo to take on the North Island Silvertips next Saturday and Sunday.

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