Despite dropping both games on the road to the Okanagan Rockets, the North Island Silvertips feel good about where their game is at.
The B.C. Major Midget Hockey League leading Rockets won 6-2 on Saturday and 3-2 on Sunday, but the Silvertips were in both games in the third period and even had a chance to win on Sunday.
"I think we showed ourselves that we're capable of skating with and have the ability to beat the best teams in the league," said head coach Jason Dubyna.
North Island was actually tied with the Rockets at 1-1 heading into the third period on Saturday, and came out flying in the first few minutes, but were unable to get the go ahead.
After Okanagan made it 2-1 at the 4:10 mark, the Rockets caught a break on their third goal at 9:42. The Silvertips believe the puck never crossed the goal-line, yet was called in by the referee. With the 'Tips still caught up in the controversial goal, the Rockets scored two more quick goals at 10:06 and 10:35 to put the game out of reach.
The two teams traded late goals, but the damage was done.
Clayton Peace and Joe Gage scored for North Island.
"The kids have to learn from that, not to get as defeated as they were from allowing the third goal," said Dubyna.
On Sunday, the Silvertips trailed 2-1 heading into the final period, but Hunter Findlater managed to tie it up at 15:04, and then North Island appeared to score to take the lead moments later, but it was waived off. Okanagan responded and scored the winner at 19:05. Peace got the 'Tips other goal.
The Silvertips have their first bye week of the season this weekend, but will use this look at what they need to work on.
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