Rockets need shootout for island sweep
Oct 26, 2013 / 10:00 pm
There's something about the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena and penalty shots that seems to agree with Jordon Cooke.
For the second night in a row Cooke was unbeatable in penalty shot situations leading the Rockets to a 2-1 shootout win in Victoria and a sweep of their two game weekend set.
Friday, Cooke stopped two penalty shots and Saturday he turned aside all three shootout attempts he faced leading the Rockets to their fourth win in five games.
Nick Merkley in regulation and Myles Bell with the only goal of the shootout scored for the Rockets during Saturday's win.
Merkley spotted the Rockets a 1-0 lead 17 minutes in to the first period.
The lead held up until midway through the second when Brett Cote knotted things at 1-1 on a Victoria power-play.
It stayed that way through the balance of regulation time and five minutes of overtime.
Cooke, the game's first star stopped 33 of 34 shots fired his way as Victoria outshot the Rockets 34-30.
Saturday's win moved the Rockets back into sole possession of top spot in the BC Division, a point up on Victoria.
Kelowna holds four games in hand.
The Rockets are now off until next weekend when they travel north for a back-to-back set in Prince George Friday and Saturday.
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