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The Okanagan Rockets entered the semi-finals against the powerhouse 5-0 Finnish national U17 team as the last hope for a BC team to recapture gold at the 35th edition of the Macs Midget tournament.

The Rockets had advanced to the quarter-finals on the basis of two wins and two ties, and then downed South Side Athletic Clubs to advance to the semis.

The Finns had rolled through the competition in their pool,  with 38GF vs 5 GA; and then downed the Alaska Aces 12-4 in the quarter finals.

The Rockets got off to a shaky start with a 4 minute head contact call just 1:40 into the first but were able to kill the penalty, and then another at the midway point of the period plus one more at the end of the period, holding the Finns scoreless despite 8 minutes of shorthanded play.

The Rockets were able to stay out of the box in the second, and had an extended power play opportunity when the Finns were called on another 4 minute head contact call with 8 minutes left in the period. But the Finns held them off and the period ended 0-0.

The Finns scored first at 16:31 on a goal by Erik Embrich, but the Rockets roared back on the following shift, with a goal by Liam Finlay, on assists from Tyson Jost and Tanner Wishnowski.

But then penalties took over, as Rockets star Tyson Jost was handed a five minute major and a game misconduct at the 12:21 mark. The Finns scored once near the end of the major; but then capitalized twice more when the Rockets were awarded another double minor at the 6:21 mark. The Finns added an empty netter with about a minute left to close out the scoring; 5-1 final.

Rockets goaltender Brendan Barry faced 35 shots, while the Rockets put 15 on the Finnish tender Veini Vehvilaninen.

The Finns then defeated the Swiss U17 team, 7-1 in the final, outshooting the Swiss 37-15.

Well done Rockets!

Male Award Winners:
Winners of the Mac’s Tournament Scholarship awards are:
Pool 1 – Quinn Thompson of the Vancouver NW Giants
Pool 2 – Joshua Rieger of the Regina Pat Canadians
Pool 3 – Josh McCulloch of the Calgary Royals
Pool 4 – Cole Morris of the Cariboo Cougars
Pool 5 – Ryan Symington of the Lloydminster Baker Hughes Bobcats

Leading Scorer Award:
There was a three-way tie:
Josh Bly of the Battleford Stars
Kris Tomazevic of the Alaska Junior Aces
Julius Nattinen of the Finland U17 Team

Plus/Minus Award:
Petrus Palmu of the Finland U17 Team

Best Defenseman Award:
Olli Juolevi of the Finland U17 Team

Top Goaltender Award:
Veini Vehvilainen of the Finland U17 team

Most Sportsmanlike Player Award:
Kris Tomazevic of the Alaska Junior Aces

Second All-Star Team:
Goal: Travis Child of the Sherwood Park J Ennis Kings
Defense: Kale Clague of the Lloydminster Baker Hughes Bobcats and Dante Fabro of the Vancouver NW Giants
Forwards: Tyson Jost of the Okanagan Rockets, Auguste Impose of the Switzerland U17 Team, and Josh Bly of the Battleford Stars

First All-Star Team:
Goal: Veini Vehvilainen of the Finland U17 Team
Defense: Olli Juolevi of the Finland U17 Team and David Ouenneville of the SSAC BP Athletics
Forwards: Kris Tomazevic of the Alaska Junior Aces, Petrus Palmu of the Finland U17 Team, and Julius Nattinen of the Finland U17 team

Most Sportsmanlike Team:
Moose Jaw Generals

Joe Kryczka Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Coach:
Del Pedrick of the Notre Dame Argos

2013 Mac’s Tournament MVP:
Petrus Palmu of the Finland U17 Team