The shootout win was the Rockets first on the road since an opening night victory in Everett. Between then and now, the Rockets have suffered shootout losses on the road in Swift Current and Prince Albert. The Rockets are now 3 and 3 in shootouts this season. The only other shootout loss came on November 4th in a 6-5 home ice loss to Portland.
Myles Bell continued his hot hand against the Royals. The 18 year-old has five of his eight goals against Victoria this season. Bell's seeing-eye snap shot tied the game at two.
Jordon Cooke received the start in goal and made several timely saves. The 18 year-olds best stop came in the dying seconds when Royals leading scorer Kevin Sundher broke in on a clear cut breakaway. Sundher could have been a factor in the shootout but took himself out of the game when he head-butted Rockets forward Shane McColgan in frustration at the conclusion of overtime. Sundher was given a double minor for head butting and a ten minute misconduct. Props to McColgan for getting under his skin.
The win extended the Rockets winning streak to three games. It marked the first time since late November that the team registered three straight victories. The loss was Victoria's 9th straight.
After the game, the Rockets stayed overnight in Victoria before catching a ferry at 9 am Sunday morning. The bus will make a quick stop in Kelowna before heading back on the road Tuesday for a date with the Portland Winterhawks Wednesday night.
This was the final game for both teams before the WHL trade deadline. It will be interesting to see if the two line up's look any different following Tuesday's mayhem.