|Kelowna Rockets @ Victoria Royals
- The Rockets are looking to bounce back after opening the season with a 6-3 loss to the Victoria Royals on Friday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Pavel Novak had a pair of goals while Nolan Flamand added another for the Rockets. Cole Schwebius started the night, stopping 9 of the 14 shots faced on him. Tisdale replaced Schwebius, stopping the three shots he faced.
- Forward Colton Dachis expected to make his Kelowna Rockets debut tonight. The 2021 second-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks was returned to Kelowna yesterday morning. Dach appeared in two pre-season games with the Blackhawks, posting a goal and three shots on net. Acquired from the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for Trevor Wong last week, Dach posted 20 points (11G, 9A) over 20 games with the. Blades during the 2020-21 season. He led all Saskatoon skaters in goals (11) and power-play goals (5) scored last season.
- Defenceman Tyson Feist was named the 26th captain in Rockets history this past week. Last season he set career bests during the Rockets shortened season, posting ten points (2G, 8A), 18 penalty minutes and a team leadings +15 plus/minus rating over 14 games. Undrafted, the 20-year-old earned an invite to the Arizona Coyotes camp this fall.
TALE OF THE TAPE
|Victoria Royals (1-1-0-0 – 2 points)
T-2nd B.C. Division | T-2nd Western Conference
Power Play: 0/8 – 0.0%
Penalty Kill: 8/8 – 100.0%
Last Ten: 1-1-0-0 Streak: 1-0-0-0
GF: 6 GA: 8
|Kelowna Rockets (0-1-0-0 – 0 points)
T-3rd B.C. Division | T-4th Western Conference
Power Play: 0/3 – 0.0%
Penalty Kill: 3/3 – 100.0%
Last Ten: 0-1-0-0 Streak: 0-1-0-0
GF: 3 GA: 6
- Gabriel Szturc, Marcus Pacheco and Caden Price all made their WHL regular-season debuts on Friday. Both Szturc and Price picked up their first WHL assists on Nolan Flamand’s goal in the second period.
- Max Graham led the Rockets in scoring during the preseason, he posted five points (2G, 3A) over four games and a winning faceoff percentage of 57.1%.
- Pavel Novak led the Rockets in scoring during the 2019-20 season with 58 points (25G, 33A) over 58 games as a 17-year-old rookie. The Minnesota Wild prospect returns to the Rockets for the 2021-22 season after spending a season over in Europe — he was unable to obtain a visa due to Covid-19 last season. He didn’t miss a beat in his first game back with the Rockets, netting two goals against the Royals on Friday night.
JDS Projected Lineup
The Rockets will post the JDS Mining Projected Lineup complete with line combos at least half an hour prior to puck drop for all games this season. You will be able to find the graphic on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram stories.
Rockets 1st Goal Contest
The Papa John’s 1st Goal Contest returns this season. Tweet your pick for the Rockets first goalscorer on game days before puck drop using the hashtag #Rockets1stGoal for a chance to win a puck signed by that player and a pizza from Papa John’s*.
*pizza code only valid for West Kelowna and Kelowna locations
**puck can only be shipped within BC
Watch and listen
You can watch all Rockets games on WHL Live on CHL TV. More are details available by visiting watch.CHL.ca. As of Monday, CHL TV is now compatible with Roku.
You can also listen to the game on AM1550.
The Rockets are set to open their regular season schedule on October 15, 2021, against the Kamloops Blazers. Season tickets are now available to the general public for the upcoming 2021-22 Rockets season. Click here for details and pricing.