Thompson Okanagan Rockets advance to finals

Princeton athlete Colby Williams and teammates are off to Langley for the BC Female Midget AAA Championship.

For the third year in a row, the Thompson Okanagan Female Midget AAA Rockets team is advancing to the final round of the BC Female Midget AAA Championship. Princeton athlete Colby Williams in on the team.

The semi-final round was played in Kelowna on the weekend where the Rockets faced off against the Vancouver Fusion.

In a best-out-of-three series, Game 1 saw the Rockets go up on the  Fusion by 2 -0 at the 8:03 minute of the second period.

The first goal was scored by Kennedy Kneller (un

assisted) and the second goal was scored by Jesse Keca (assisted by Maggie Shykula-Ross).  With 19 seconds left in the second period, the visiting Fusion team got one past Rocket’s goalie Jamie Grove to make the game 2-1 heading into  the third.

The third period ended scoreless and the Rockets won Game 1 by 2-1.Game No. 2 on Saturday night saw a Rockets team come out determined to take the series in two games.

At 5:58 of the first period Cora Sutton (assisted by Colby Williams) sent a rocket from the point to beat Fusion goaltender Cassidy Hendricks.

At 1:28 of the first period Colby Williams tipped another shot from Cora Sutton past Hendricks  to put the score at 2-0 heading into the second period.

The Rockets dominated the Fusion in the second period and despite many more shots on goal were not able to put another one past Team BC goalie Hendricks.

With 1:55 left in the third period and six attackers, the Fusion managed to put one past Rockets goalie Jamie Grove to put the game to a 1 -goal spread.

The Rockets however finished the game off  strong and kept the Fusion from tying the game and won the semi-final round of the playoffs.

The BC Female Midget AAA Championship will be played at the Langley Sportsplex where the Rockets will face-off against the Fraser Valley Phantom in a best of three series on March 23, 24 and 25.