A pair of late third-period powerplay goals helped the Okanagan Rockets close out the Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament with a 5-3 win over the UFA Bisons of Strathmore, Alta. Sunday in Calgary.
The Rockets, who finished the tourney at 3-2, got a goal and an assist each from Josh Blanchard and Brett Mennear. Other goal scorers were Liam Finlay, Cortlan Procter and Spencer Hewson, a Vernon product.
Brenden Mills made 17 saves for the Rockets.
“I’m incredibly proud of the way our group came together today to finish this tournament the way we wanted,” said Rockets’ GM David Michaud.
“It would have been awfully easy for us to pack it and say it wasn’t our week. We talked about playing with pride and going out on a good note.”
The Rockets boast the B.C. Major Midget League’s most potent offence, but couldn’t get rolling in Calgary, and ultimately were burned by a slow start against Carolina on Boxing Day.
“That opening loss really seemed to set the tone for our week,” said Michaud.
“I said it all along, the Mac’s doesn’t afford you the chance to slip up very much.”