Rockets halt Knights' streak

North Okanagan Knights
North Okanagan Knights' Mateja Leko (left) goes wide on the Golden Rockets' Brett Hanna in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play Sunday at Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong.
— image credit: Natalia Vignola/Morning Star

Their winning streak was halted by a .500 team, but the North Okanagan Knights were hardly bitter after falling 3-2 to the Golden Rockets Sunday afternoon at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

The Knights brushed back the host Sicamous Eagles 4-2 Saturday night for their seventh straight Kootenay International Junior Hockey League win.

Carson George, Keith Wake and Justin Fulton scored as Golden knocked off the Knights, improving to 6-6-0-1 for a share of third place in the Eddie Mountain Division. The Knights are 11-4 and third in the Doug Birks Division.

“They’re (Golden) not a bad team,” said Knights’ winger Tanner Burns, of Vernon. “They just seemed to get all the bounces. We played a full 60 minutes and I think the coaches were happier with our effort than they were in our win (over the Kelowna Chiefs) Friday night.”

Nathan Browne, a Vernon product, and Cory Hochhausen replied for the Knights, who outshot the Rockets 37-24. Golden goalie Jarod Schamerhorn earned the win, while Colten Wright took the loss.

Burns, who missed three weeks with a concussion and pneumonia, bagged 1+2 to earn first star against the Eagles (4-10). He was on a line with Ben Greenaway (2G) and Bryce Koch.

“I felt pretty good,” said Burns, a late cut of the BCHL Vernon Vipers. “Ben is good at finding the open spaces so he makes it pretty easy to hit him with a pass. The three of us play well together.”

Brendan Jost also scored for North Okanagan, while Jameson Stoski and Corbin Marcotte replied for Sicamous, who were outshot 41-22. Wright recorded the win.

The Knights host the 0-15 Chase Heat Saturday night and visit the league-leading 12-1-0-2 Kamloops Storm Sunday.


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