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Preview: Medicine Hat at Kelowna

Marissa Baecker

The Kelowna Rockets will be looking to bounce back tomorrow night when the Medicine Hat Tigers visit for their lone matchup during the regular season tomorrow night.

The Rockets two-game win streak was snapped by the Victoria Royals last night, the Royals downed the Rockets 6-3.

The Tigers also played on Wednesday night. Despite being down 2-0, Medicine Hat scored five straight goals to zip past the Prince George Cougars 5-4 at the CN Centre in Prince George, B.C.

Kelowna is tied with Kamloops for first in the B.C. Division with 20 points, the Rockets have a record of 9-5-1-1. The Vancouver Giants are hot on their heels, they trail by a single point. The Victoria Royals is in third place with 15, and Prince George sits in fourth with nine points.

The Medicine Hat Tigers are second in the Central Divison with a record of 11-5-1-0 and 23 points. They’re four points behind the Edmonton Oil Kings and Lethbridge Hurricanes, they sit atop of the standings with 27 points.

2018-2019 record vs. Medicine Hat Tigers: 1-0-0-0

Dec. 15, 2018: Kelowna 2 – Medicine Hat

The last time these two met

The Rockets were in the midst of their December road trip through the prairies when they visited the Medicine Hat Tigers last December, topping them 2-1. Leif Mattson scored both goals for the Rockets; he was credited with the games opening goal after the Tigers scored on their own net during a delayed penalty.

Players to watch

Kelowna

  • Defenceman Jake Lee had two assists in the Rockets loss to Victoria. He now has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 14 games this season.
  • Alex Swetlikoff was named the third-star last night, he tied the game with the Rockets third goal of the game in the losing effort.

Medicine Hat

  • Ryan Chyzowski will be teammates with Rockets Nolan Foote, Dillon Hamaliuk, and Kaedan Korczak on Team WHL next week at the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series. The centre is third in Tigers scoring with 20 points (10G, 10A) in 17 games.
  • Standing at 6’7, goaltender Mads Søgaard will be one to keep an eye on. The Denmark product was the Ottawa Senators second-round pick at the 2019 NHL Draft. His record this season he has a 6-5-1-0 record with 2.62 GAA and a .910 SAV%.

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