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Preview: Rockets gear up for home-and-home series

Marissa Baecker

The Kelowna Rockets will be looking to jump back into the win column tomorrow night when they open a home-and-home series against the Kamloops Blazers.

The series will shift back to Kelowna for a 7:05 pm puck matchup on Saturday at Prospera Place.

The Rockets were blanked 1-0 by the Victoria Royals last night on home ice. They fired 29 shots on Shane Farkas but were unable to beat the Royals netminder.

The Blazers also last played against the Victoria Royals, they downed them 5-1 on Saturday at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, BC.

B.C. Division Standings

 # Team GP  W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Kamloops Blazers 38 24 11 2 1 51
2 Victoria Royals 37 22 13 2 0 46
3 Kelowna Rockets 39 21 15 1 2 45
4 Vancouver Giants 37 17 16 2 2 38
5 Prince George Cougars 38 10 22 2 4 25

2019-2020 Season Series vs. Kamloops Blazers: 1-4-1-0

Sept. 27, 2019: Kelowna 2 at Kamloops 3 OT

Oct. 12, 2019: Kamloops 5 at Kelowna 2

Oct. 19, 2019: Kelowna 1 at Kamloops 2

Nov. 11, 2019: Kelowna 2 at Kamloops 5

Nov. 16, 2019: Kamloops 3 at Kelowna 4

Dec. 27, 2o19: Kamloops 4 at Kelowna 0

Upcoming games

Jan. 10, 2020: Kelowna at Kamloops

Jan. 11, 2020: Kamloops at Kelowna

Mar. 13, 2020: Kelowna at Kamloops

Mar. 14, 2020: Kamloops at Kelowna

Players To Watch

Kelowna: 

  • Rockets captain Nolan Foote will be a game-time decision on Friday night. The 19-year-old returned from the World Juniors on Monday night and was honoured ahead of last night’s game for helping Canada secure gold.
  • Defenceman Tyson Feist is expected to be in the Rockets lineup on Friday. The Rockets acquired the defenceman from the Regina Pats on Wednesday night. In 32 games with the Pats this season, he posted eight assists and 34 penalty minutes.

Kamloops Blazers:

  • Orrin Centazzo had three assists and a goal against the Rockets on December 27.
  • Former Rocket Libor Zabransky was acquired by the Blazers from the Moose Jaw Warriors earlier today. He was the captain of the host Czech Republic team at the World Juniors.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are on sale at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.


Bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Kelowna Food Bank to attend the CIBC Family Skate next Sunday, January 12, 2020, from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM at Prospera Place. The entire Rockets team and Memorial Cup will be on hand to take photos. Please note: There will be no skate rentals or skate sharpening on site.

 

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