|Kelowna Rockets at Prince George Cougars
TEAM NOTES PREPARED BY REGAN BARTEL OF AM 1150
- Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets will wrap up their four-game road trip tonight in Prince George. The Rockets and Cougars are meeting for the 8th time this season. The Rockets are 6-1-0-0 in the opening six games, having out-scored their BC Division cousins 24-15. The Cougars make one more appearance at Prospera Place March 18th. The Rockets defeated the Cougars last night in overtime, Kelowna had goals from Kaedan Korczak, Matthew Wedman, Pavel Novak and Dillon Hamaliuk x 2 including the game-winner.
|Kelowna Rockets (26-26-2-3 – 57 points)
4th in B.C. Division | 7th in Western Conference
Power Play: 39/247 – 15.8% (17th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 195/254 – 76.8% (T14th in WHL)
Last Ten: 3-5-1-1 Streak: 2-0-1-1
GF: 159 GA: 189
|Prince George Cougars (17-31-4-4 – 42 points)
5th in B.C. Division | 9th in Western Conference
Power Play: 38/218 – 17.4% (14th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 147/193 – 76.2% (17th in WHL)
Last Ten: 3-6-1-0 Streak: 1-0-1-0
GF: 125 GA: 181
- Mally the Man! Kris Mallette was named the interim head coach of the Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday. Mallette replaces Adam Foote, who was relieved of his duties. Mallette joined the organization as an assistant coach for the start of the 2014 season under then-head coach Dan Lambert. Mallette is a former player, suiting up for the Rockets from 1996 until 1998 before eventually being traded to the Moose Jaw Warriors. The 41-year-old is the first Rockets alumni to assume the head coaching duties.
- Who’s Hot: Pavel Novak has 5+12=17 in his last 10 games…Matthew Wedman has 8+12=20 in his last 17 games…Kyle Topping has 5+7=12 in his last 10 games…Dillon Hamaliuk has 4+4=8 in his last 4 games.
- Broadcasters Notebook: The Rockets have surrendered the opening goal in seven of the last eleven games ….With 11 games left in the regular season, 7 are on home ice with only 4 on the road. Those road stops include one in Prince George and singles in Everett, Kamloops and Vancouver… The Rockets are 9-8-0-0 against teams in the US Division….The Rockets are now 21-5-1-1 when scoring the games first goal…The Rockets have played in 31-1 goal games this season…The Rockets are 12-14-1-2 against teams in the BC Division…The Rockets were 5-5-0-0 in December and 4-9-0-0 in January.