Beran leads Rocket comeback

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P.E.I. beats Rimouski 3-2

Tyler Wood of the North River Novice Devils is some excited to be, along with his teamates, in front row seats at Friday's P.E.I. Rocket game against the Rimouski Oceanic at the Civic Centre.

Matej Beran scored two third-period goals Friday to lead the P.E.I. Rocket to a 3-2 victory over the country’s seventh-ranked major junior hockey team.

The Rocket was trailing the Rimouski Oceanic 2-1 through 40 minutes, but Beran scored 1:22 into the third and tallied the winner nine minutes later. After the marker he gave a salute to the crowd reminding some of Jaromir Jagr and others of the NFL’s Denver Broncos.

The Rocket improves to 30-20-2 while the Oceanic fall to 35-12-1-5.

The teams traded first-period goals before Rimouski took a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Louick Marcotte from Victor Provencher and Yan-Pavel Laplante had the other Rocket goal. It was Laplante’s first point of the season in only his second game. He returned to the lineup Thursday in Saint John, N.B. after a shoulder injury in the summer sidelined him for the first four months of the season.

Ben Duffy had a pair of assists Friday while Tomas Pavelka and Josh Currie had singles. Duffy now has 84 points and a two-point lead over Currie atop the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scoring race.

Alexandre Lavoie and Jean-Francois Plante scored for the Oceanic with assists from Peter Trainor, Kevin Gagne, Alexis Loiseau and Jasmin Boutet.

Trainor is third in league scoring with 81 points.

Antoine Bibeau stopped 23 saves for the win while Robin Gusse made 35 saves.

The Rocket cancelled today’s skills competition due to the pending storm.

They return to action Sunday when they host the Moncton Wildcatsat 4 p.m.

Organizations: NFL, Denver Broncos, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Saint John

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Recent comments

  • Nice win
    February 09, 2013 - 10:58

    What a big win for the Rocket! I really wish people would come out and support it a bit (and wish the Rocket would drop tickets prices by a few bucks)

  • hockey guy
    February 09, 2013 - 10:25

    The problem is the management and how the team is run. Plain and simple. They are winning some games but can't seem to draw the crowds. People are sick of being lied to by savard and his cronies.They will nly last a round anyway in the playoffs.

  • Michael Gilbert
    February 08, 2013 - 23:51

    It was an exciting game to watch !!! The Rocket Team played 60 minutes of Really good hockey !!! Wish more fans would come out and support our team .