The Kelowna Rockets are looking to pick up a win Wednesday night when they host the Spokane Chiefs for the final Hat Trick Wednesday of the 2018-2019 season.
The Rockets were last in action on Saturday where they were defeated by the Kamloops Blazers 2-1 at Prospera Place. Defenceman, Dalton Gally says that the team struggled last weekend, but they’re looking forward to moving on.
“We just have to stick to our game and our structure,” said Gally. “We kind of diverted from it this past weekend because it was a big game, I think we crumbled under the pressure. We had spurts and peaks where we were on our game, and then we had lulls where we went away from our structure. As a whole, we need to play simple and get back to playing Rockets hockey tomorrow night.”
Spokane will face the Blazers tonight in Kamloops before heading to Kelowna for the matchup tomorrow night.
The two have already played three times this season, the Chiefs are up 2-1 in the season series.
Spokane blanked Kelowna 4-0 at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on February 2nd. The Following Wednesday on February 6th at Prospera Place, the Rockets once again fell to the Chiefs, this time by a score of 5-4. On February 22nd while on the road, Kelowna picked up a 4-3 win in the shootout.
Leif Mattson has six points (1G, 5A) in the season series this year, he assisted on all four goals during the February 6th game. Three of Alex Swetlikoff’s goals this season have come against the Chiefs.
Wednesday will be the final time that the Rockets and Chiefs face each other during the regular season this year.
The Rockets currently sit in third place in the B.C. Division with a record of 27-31-5-2 which gives them 61 points. They’re 17 points ahead of the Prince George Cougars who sit in fifth place. The Rockets are four points in front of the fourth-place Kamloops Blazers, Kamloops has four games remaining in their schedule—one more than the Rockets. The Victoria Royals have locked up the second spot with 70 points, while the Vancouver Giants have clinched the division with 96 points.
The Chiefs have clinched a playoff spot, they currently sit third in the U.S. Division with a record of 37-20-2-5 which gives them 81 points. They’ll face the Winterhawks in the opening round of the WHL playoffs, however, home ice still needs to be decided. Spokane is three points back of Portland and hold a game in hand on the Winterhawks.
The Rockets need you to come and cheer them on as they look to hold off the Kamloops Blazers from jumping them in the playoff standings. Take advantage of the final Hat Trick Wednesday of the season. Purchase your tickets before 2:00pm on game day and you can get a hot dog and a pop with your ticket for $19.99! Tickets are on sale at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.