The Okanagan Rockets entered the quarter finals against Edmonton’s South Side Athletic Club BP Athletics as BC’s last hope to bring home a medal at this year’s edition of the Macs Midget Tournament in Calgary.
The Rockets had advanced to the semis on the basis of two wins and two ties, and were the only BC team to make it to the elimination rounds this year.
The As came in with a record of 3-1-0.
The teams traded goals in the first, before the Rockets buried three in the second to take a commanding 4-1 lead into the third.
The Rockets would add another early in the third before Justin Greer answered for the As with 3:31 left.
But the As weren’t finished, scoring two last minute goals before the horn sounded. Rockets 5, As 4.
The Rockets will now play the powerhouse Finnish national U17 national team in the semis.
The Finns thumped the Alaska Aces 12-4 in the other quarter-final.
The Finns rolled through the four game round robin, outscoring their opponents, 38-5.
The Sherwood Park J Ennis Kings defeated Notre Dame Argos 6-4 in their quarter final and faced the Swiss U17 national team in the other semi, and were downed 7-4 Tuesday afternoon.
The Swiss downed the Regina Pats 6-3 to advance, and were also perfect in the round robin, outscoring opponents 23-1o.
Both Canadian teams are the leading teams in their leagues; Sherwood Park has the best record in the Alberta Midget League at 15-3-6; Okanagan has the best record in the BCMML, at 22-3-1.
The Rockets play at 6:00 pm Tuesday night Mountain time.